Sister Laura Swan
Title and discipline: adjunct professor,
Laura Swan O.S.B. teaches part-time in the religious studies
department. Educated by Franciscans and Jesuits, she earned an M.A.
in church ministry, a master of theological studies, and a
post-masters in spiritual direction. A member of
Saint Placid Priory, she
served as prioress for eight years.
Select publications: Sister Laura has published
several books, including:
- The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings,
Lives, and Stories of Early Christian Women
(Paulist Press) has been translated into
numerous languages, Chinese being the most
- Engaging Benedict: What the Rule Can
Teach Us Today (Ave Maria Press).
- The Benedictine Tradition
- Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten
Story of a Medieval Women's Movement (Blue
She also has a book forthcoming from BlueBridge on the
beguines, a medieval movement of women. She is associate editor
of Magistra: the Journal of Women's Spirituality in History.
Sister Laura writes historical and contemporary fiction. Her
The Puget Sound Writers Guild, meets weekly to critique
chapters in progress.
Accomplishments: Sister Laura has been
involved in the Benedictine world in many capacities, including
serving as vice president and president of the
Benedictine Academy and the American Benedictine Formation
conference. She is a retreat directory and spiritual director on
staff at The Priory Spirituality Center.