"Among all the gifts which we have received. . . from the Father of Compassion. . . our vocation is a great gift."
-Testament of St. Clare
This website was last updated on July 12, 2016.
We are a community of Catholic sisters known as the Poor Clares. Our official name is the "Order of Saint Clare" ("OSC"). We are the contemplative branch of the Franciscan family founded by Saint Clare of Assisi in 1212. We share our life of prayer with all of you.
As Poor Clares, we profess the usual religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, plus the vow of enclosure. Our mission is to pray for the needs of the church, the world, and all people. In our Vision Statement, we express what we feel is our particular way of living Poor Clare life in this 21st century.