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Please join us for our cloister day on the 21st of April 2018!

We are an enclosed contemplative community of Poor Clare sisters whose monastery is in Nuns’ Island, Galway. We have had a presence in Galway for over 375 years. From our beginnings in Gravelines in early seventeenth-century northern France, to Ireland of 2018, the same life of daily prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, work, and Community life continues today, inspired by our holy founders St. Clare and St. Francis. St. Clare was the first female follower of St. Francis. She was captured by his vision of poverty, humility and simplicity and the resulting joy that flowed from a life lived in imitation of the Lord Jesus. It is this same Spirit-inspired vision which animates our Community today. 

Whoever you are, or wherever you are, may you find, in the pages of our new website, strength and encouragement. Know that we remember you, our website visitors, and your intentions in our prayers.  In the words of St. Francis: 

May the Lord give you peace!

 

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Saint Clare

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Clare and Francis' "success" lies in their complete abandonment of self to the One who never ceases to have incredible confidence in us. They responded with passionate love to the passionate love God has for us humans. They dared to risk everything. They threw themselves with complete abandon into a life of total poverty, knowing it would lead them straight to the cross, to powerlessness and insignificance. Their logic was the Gospel logic of the seed that must die in order to bear fruit.


Giacomo Bini OFM - Clare of Assisi