indeed, is she to whom it is given to share this sacred banquet,
to cling with all her heart to Him
- Whose beauty all the heavenly hosts admire unceasingly,
- Whose love inflames our love,
- Whose contemplation is our refreshment.
From St. Clare's Fourth Letter to St. Agnes
We are an enclosed
contemplative community of Poor Clare sisters whose monastery is in
Nuns’ Island, Galway, Ireland. In fact we have been here in Galway for
centuries, right back to 1642, having come through various stages from
our beginnings in Gravelines, northern France, where some young Irish
women had gone in search of religious life intent on returning to
Ireland when persecution abated. Begun in those far off days, the same
life of daily prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, is ours
Who is St.
She is our Foundress, a
contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi in 13th century, Umbria, Italy.
She was by birth a noble lady, but relinquished all to live a Gospel
life in the spirit of St. Francis. Our desire, too, is to show forth in
a lived communion, that the presence of Christ can be a reality in our
world. St. Clare
Calm the Soul