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Who We Are

The Poor Clare Nuns are Catholic Women devoted to the Eucharist in prayer and contemplation. We live lives of prayer, community, and joy in the footsteps of St. Francis. We are the second order founded by St. Francis.

A Poor Clare nun is a nun of the Order of St. Clare (OSC). They number over 20,000 nuns throughout the world in over 70 countries. There are usually around 4-20 members per Poor Clare community. Every Poor Clare community will be slightly different because of the unique personalities of the members, but each location will always hold the same spirit of prayer, simplicity, community, and joy. More on the history...

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Typical Day

A typical day for the Poor Clare Nuns starts off with a time of private prayer every morning. Afterwards, the sisters meet for daily Mass and Liturgy of the Hours. The sisters then begin to do their assigned work.

In the afternoons, they have two hours dedicated to spiritual reading, personal prayer, and exercise of choice. Some sisters take walks through the woods surrounding the monastery. Others sew, play music, or read. 

Office of Readings
Typical Schedule

This is our typical schedule, but it may vary day to day depending on priest availability for Mass.

  • 7:25am - Morning Praise

  • 8:00am - Mass

  • 11:45am - Office of Readings

  • Followed by Dinner and Dishes

  • 1:30pm - Midday Praise (Scripture, Study, Scripture Readings, Prayer, and an Exercise of Choice)

  • 4:30pm - Evening Praise

  • 6:00pm - Supper and Dishes in Silence

  • 7:00pm - Compline

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