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. More


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

Poor Clares in Norway have new Web site

poorclare February 26th, 2008

Poor Clare Sisters in Norway The Poor Clare Sisters in Norway have a new web site. The site is available in English, German and of course Norwegian. They welcome you to visit them.

Pictured above are three of the sisters and their dog… if you visit you will see their cat too! The site is wonderfully done and they would love to hear from you - you can send them a message here.

To celebrate the eighth centenary of the birth of St. Clare of Assisi, Sisters Francis, Elizabeth and Elaine  came to Larvik on St. Patrick’s Day in 1995.

The community was officially erected as a foundation, sponsored by the monastery of Ennis in Ireland  on the Feast of St. Clare, 11th August 1997. read more

Poor Clares at Historic Meeting

poorclare January 27th, 2008

Poor Clares around the World meet in Assisi

The Federation presidents of the Poor Clares are at a Historic Meeting in Assisi. - This is the first time that the Poor Clare Federation Presidents from around the world have gathered together as one group to share and exchange with each other. 2009 marks the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Franciscans. [1209 - 2009]
CPSC - Visit to the Proto-Monastery - Album
CPSC - Visit to the Proto-Monastery - Mass - Album


poorclare December 11th, 2007

Guadalupe feast 
¡La fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe!  Tradicionalmente, los niños/as
visitan a la Virgen, los varoncitos vestidos como San Juan Diego y las niñas
como Indíginas de la era.

See Poor Clares Guatemala on-line at: http://poorclaresguatemala.com/scrapbook.html
or in (almost all) Spanish at: http://www.hermanasclarisas.com/album.html
***don’t miss the virtual tour of vow day!

Poor Clares in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

poorclare December 8th, 2007

poor clare symbol

The Poor Clare’s in Duncan, British Columbia have a new web site! It’s really beautiful. Be sure to visit and drop a note to say hi!   Poor Clare Web Site

The Poor Clares of Scotland

admin November 23rd, 2007

Poor Clare Crest

The Poor Clares of the Archdioce of St. Andrews and Edinburg, Scotland have just been added to the list of Monasteries. You can visit them here.

The Monasteries Page has been Updated

admin November 17th, 2007

Looking for Stories for New Book

admin November 13th, 2007

The Poor Clare Sisters in Spokane, Washington are working on a new book. 101 Inspirational Stories of the Power of Prayer.

Share your story of answered prayer! Submit story

The book will be published in May of 2008 and distributed by Saint Anthony Messenger Press. Stories must be submitted by December 31, 2007 .

Collecting Stories from

September 14 - December 31, 2007

101 Inspirational Stories

of the Power of Prayer

This project is placed under the patronage

of the Blessed Mother.

Read our weekly e-journal reflections from the Sunday scriptures online.

admin November 4th, 2007

November 4, 2007
Sunday Readings: Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10.

To be Tall of Heart

I have been short a great deal of my life. I am fifty and I can honestly say that I haven’t been tall since the 5th grade. It was easy to be tall then, easy to be able to see over the heads of those shorter than myself. I think that being tall those early years was like being called first to do cool things. However, my height was short lived. It seems like such a long time ago that physical height was part of my identity.

In the gospel reading of November 4th I feel an affinity with Zacchaeus, the short in stature tax collector. He wasn’t tall enough to see from the ground in the midst of the crowd so he sought another way to see Jesus…..

See the full entry at: http://www.rc.net/saginaw/srsclare/journal.html

Poor Clares in Evansville - back online

admin October 26th, 2007

Poor Clare Monastery in Evansville

If you’ve been looking for the Poor Clares in Evansville and found nothing….. look again - they are back!

Their site was down - mea culpa because I (Sr. Patricia in Spokane) had changed the server … and was negligent in getting everyone back up! Hopefully with the blog - things will get done a little faster. Hope.

Do visit the Sisters in Evansville and if you want to send them a prayer request….

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