Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Sister Placidia Haehn, O.S.B., b. 1909

Sister Placidia Haehn, O.S.B.Sister Placidia is a member of the Benedictine community at the Saint Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington.

Q: How has monastic life shaped your attitudes to the outside world?

A: When we have work that takes us out of the community or brings others into our community the Benedictine values are with us and give witness. The foundation that we received in becoming Benedictines continues with us in our teaching. We are willing to extend ourselves to our students. We know this from how many of our students return to us years later and tell us what we meant to them. Not to be proud, but it happens often. I didn't raise my voice in class. Instead, if necessary, I would take the arm and squeeze a bit. I do this because I remember my calm, gentle mother doing it to me. She has been my inspiration and helped me all the way

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