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by the Hand of God,
a 'Work in Progress'.
Original line drawings of St Francis and St Clare by Sr Clare-Ellen
The Poor Clares were founded in 1212 by St. Francis of Assisi who received the 18 year old Clare into the way of Gospel living that
he had received. In a very short time many Monasteries, following this way of life led by Clare and her sisters, sprang up all over
Italy and other parts of the world. By 1875, the Clarian life had spread to North America.
As members of the Second Order of
the Franciscan Family, we do not engage in external ministries. Prayer is our very life. The atmosphere of a Poor Clare Monastery
is that of a family working together to help support themselves. It is a family that prays together and supports one another
through mutual encouragement and fidelity. Fraternal unity is manifested by a love and reverence for one another, by a joyful and
cheerful attitude, and through genuine caring and bearing one another's burdens. In this way, we model the words of St. Francis, that
we do not just say prayers, we become prayer.
What is contemplative life? The contemplative life is a unique expression
of Christian life. Like all Christians, we try to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, as contemplative sisters, we have
chosen to set aside family, career, travel, and desire for security, in exchange for a solitary life within a community. Logic cannot
explain the desire to spend our day in prayer and constant search for God’s presence. This can only be a “call” or “vocation” from
Who was Francis?
The “little poor man of Assisi,” as St. Francis is often called, was born in the year 1182 in the town of Assisi,
Italy. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, and as a youth, enjoyed a life of luxury and frivolity...
Who was Clare?
Clare was a medieval woman born into a rich and powerful family dominated by values of the nobility and of knightly
exploits in war and battle. She received her name before her birth by her mother...