An atmosphere of silence permeates the monastic life but the Sisters are
always free to speak whenever necessary in a brief manner and a soft tone.
As a branch of the Franciscan family tree (St. Clare was encouraged and
supported by St. Francis of Assisi in her creation of the Poor Clare style
of life), we lack the seriousness that characterizes the monastic style of
books and movies. Yet we are passionately interested in the needs of city
and state and nation and world, as well as all that deeply concerns the
Catholic Church locally and universally. We are not well known even after
65 years in the city of Memphis. It is mostly through word of mouth passed
from one benefactor to another that people learn of our existence and our
mission in the church to assist all those in need through our life of prayer.
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