Institute on Religious Life

Vocation Profile - Poor Clare Nuns - Federation of Mary Immaculate

Poor Clare Nuns - Federation of Mary Immaculate

Mother Aimee Marie of the Eucharist P.C.C.
Abbess
215 E. Los Olivos Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805-682-7670
www.poorclaressantabarbara.org

International?Yes
Professed members14
Year founded1928
Generalate/motherhouseSanta Barbara Monastery is autonomous. Protomonastery: Assisi, Italy
Province/federationFederation of Mary Immaculate in U.S.A.

(Arch)dioceses
Los Angeles, CA
International
In 40 countries
Mission
The Order of Poor Clare Colettines is an institute of the enclosed contemplative life ordained in a special way for the praise and worship of God. This is fulfilled principally through daily Mass, celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours seven times a day (this includes midnight rising), and Eucharistic adoration. It is a Gospel form of life striving to give witness to Christ praying on the mountain, to uphold by prayer and sacrifice the work of pastors in the Church, and to share in the most universal way the hardships, miseries, and hopes of all mankind.
Qualifications
Single, practicing Catholic woman, good physical and mental health, sufficient psychological and emotional maturity. Minimum of a high school education (or the equivalent). Free of family obligations. No dowry is required.
Formation
The period of formation comprises three stages: postulancy (one full year), noviceship (one to two and a half years), and temporary vows (three years). These years of formation all take place within the monastery.
Age range/limit
18-35
Belated vocations?
Yes: Occasional exceptions are made for older vocations. Religious in active communities discerning a contemplative vocation are also given consideration.