Poor Clare Sisters Surrounding the World with Prayer

A picture of Saint Clare of Assisi

Who this site is for: This is a site about the mysterious world of being a Poor Clare. Contemplative nuns who live a life of prayer, community and joy.

The first thing you need to know is that a Poor Clare is a nun - meaning that she lives in one monastery (usually) for her whole life. She takes solemn vows that can only be dispensed by Rome. BUT the second thing you have to know - is that a Poor Clare Nun is not a Benedictine, Dominican, Visitation or Carmelite nun. She is a Poor Clare nun.There is a world of difference between these other beautiful orders and Poor Clares.NO, not all nuns are alike.

What this site hopes to show you is the gifts that Poor Clares nuns bring to the Church - gifts of prayer, simplicity, community and joy. Each Poor Clare community is autonomous. Not all Poor Clares dress alike, work alike or keep the same daily schedule. If you go from monastery to monastery you will feel the spirit of Joy and Communal gifting of each other - you will experience the warm bond of Joy, Simplicity and happiness of being a Franciscan.BUT you will always notice a difference and know you are in a different monastery. Poor Clares Monasteries are individual and unique as is each sister in them. So please... in your journey of exploring the joyful world of Poor Clares - drop your EXPECTATIONS of what a Poor Clare should like, sound like and be like. Because there are no two alike.. and that is how the Holy Spirit works.

The Poor Clare Sisters number over 20,000 sisters throughout the world in 16 federations and in over 70 countries. Most monasteries have from four to thirteen members. Some have larger communities but the Poor Clare charism is one of family and St. Clare guided us that small communites were much better to keep this family spirit than larger ones. So when a community gets to a certain number we usually start new ones rather than just keep getting bigger. Just one of the differences you will see as you walk with us.

Blessings of Peace and All Good

Sister Patricia Proctor, OSC                     Subscribe

Original Christmas Cards

Saginaw October 8th, 2012

For the joyous season of Christmas the Poor Clare Sisters in Saginaw, Michigan have created elegantly calligraphic Christmas cards that express the wonder and awe of the season. Each card is an original design with a message of spiritual depth.

View samples at: http://srsclare.com/our-gift-store/christmas-cards

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Christmas Cards inspired by our life of prayer

Saginaw September 5th, 2012

For the joyous season of Christmas the Poor Clare Sisters in Saginaw, Michigan have created four original calligraphic Christmas cards that express the wonder and awe of the season. Each card is an original design with a message of spiritual depth.

View samples at: http://srsclare.com/our-gift-store/christmas-cards

We accept payment by mail, credit card or PayPal.

Poor Clares in Roswell, NM - singing

poorclare January 18th, 2009

Poor Clares in Roswell, New Mexico

Here is a link to a blog posting of the Sisters singing in Roswell, New Mexico. Is nice!

Poor Clares Singing

Thanksgiving in Spokane, Washington

poorclare December 10th, 2008


Poor Clares of Dundalk, Ireland

poorclare November 22nd, 2008

I’m trying to turn over a new leaf, and be much more active on this website. We will see how it goes. Life gets in the way of my plans.. or maybe its just me.. who knows. At any rate I wanted to share with you this beautiful, new web site of the Sisters In Dundalk, Ireland.

Poor Clare web site in Dundalk, Ireland

Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

poorclare November 22nd, 2008

This video is (I think) from the Poor Clare monastery - St. Joseph in Ohio. At least that is what the comment says.

Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Ohio.

YouTube - Poor Clares in Malawi

poorclare November 22nd, 2008

Youtube of Poor Clares Singing in Malawai

I found this beautiful Youtube video today… AND .. I see that there are lots more YouTubes of the Poor Clares. Who would have guessed. I will be adding them (links anyway) as I find them. This is neat.

New Web site for Poor Clares In Washington DC

poorclare October 10th, 2008

Poor Clare Nuns of Washington DC

The Poor Clare nuns in Washington DC have a new web site!

Poor Clares - Announce New Book

poorclare May 2nd, 2008

Front Cover of the new book - 101  Inspirational Stories of the Power of PrayerThe Poor Clare Sisters in Spokane, announce they are starting presales for their latest book, “101 Inspirational Stories of the Power of Prayer.”

The book is a collection of true stories of answered prayer collected from all over the world. The book also includes quotes, meditations and even cartoons about the Power of Prayer.

The foreword of the book was written by Jerry Usher of Catholic Answers Live .

The Introduction by Bishop William S. Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane.

The book is published by the Sisters in Spokane but distribution is exclusively handled by Saint Anthony Messenger Press after the Presales.

You can find out more information at 101Prayer.com

E-scriptures for March 30, 2008

Saginaw April 7th, 2008

March 30, 2008
Sunday Readings: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31.

Inner Room

I love the readings from the Sunday of March 30th. It touches on values that I hold most dear and in the gospel it states that Christ can penetrate any fear with love.

Growing up in a family of seven children we shared everything from the television to arguing about whose night it was to do the dishes, the boys or the girls. Through out most of my life, with the exception of one year, I have shared a common living experience. Much to my surprise at times I found out that I had my own set of idiosyncrasies of which I wasn’t aware.

Some of the revelations were less painful than others. I remember Sr. Elena telling me one day that she would be glad to help cut the raison bread that I had made the day before. When I said that I could do it by myself, she told me that I didn’t cut the bread straight which in turn made it harder for others.

This revelation was easy to take in.

Other revelations were more challenging as they question my intention to be thoughtful of others. Although I do my best to live community well, it has been those harder revelations that continue to call me to look at the values that are most important to me.

When the Risen Christ walked through the fear of the disciples to bring His peace we encounter the power of love that gives us the foundation to live in community, whether it is as of large household or family or as a global citizen. I love this gospel as it pulls me out of any current fear, darkness or doubt into the possibility of love overcoming fear, light meeting darkness with peace rather than judgment, and trust reaching out to doubt.

This season of Easter seeks to deepen within us, what the season of Christmas does with lights and decorations, gifts and parties; only it does it by going inward. It invites us into that inner room where, like the disciples
we sometimes hang out in our fears, it invites us to walk the road of Emmaus and hear in our prayer another voice that places a deeper longing for the yet unseen.

My challenge is to trust that my inner room is as permeable as the one where the disciples were gathered when the Risen Christ moved into their fear with peace!

Other E-scriptures at: http://www.rc.net/saginaw/srsclare/journal.html

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