Institute on Religious Life

Vocation Profile - Poor Clare Nuns, Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare

Poor Clare Nuns, Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare

Sr. Clare Frances McAvoy O.S.C.
Novice Directress
920 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

617-524-1760 or 617-524-7866
poorclarenunsboston@gmail.com
www.poorclarenunsboston.org

International?Yes
Professed members13
Year founded1212
Generalate/motherhouseAutonomous
Province/federationMost Holy Name of Jesus Federation

(Arch)dioceses
Boston, MA
International
70 countries
Mission
As Poor Clares observing the First Rule of Saint Clare, we are enclosed, Franciscan, contemplative nuns. Our charism is centered in the love and contemplation of Jesus, in sisterly unity, and in intercessory prayer for the Church and world. Our community prayer is expressed in the full Liturgy of the Hours and in daily Eucharistic adoration.
Qualifications
Practicing Catholic woman interiorly drawn to give herself totally to union with God through a life of prayer. Good physical and emotional health, along with sufficient maturity and generosity, are needed to live the intensity of monastic community life in an enclosed environment.
Formation
The monastery conducts its own novitiate. Informal classes and instructions are arranged according to necessary foundational instructions and the personal needs of each candidate. After at least a year of postulancy, the candidate is received as a novice for two years. After three years in temporary vows, solemn vows of obedience, chastity, poverty and enclosure are made for life.
Age range/limit
20-49
Belated vocations?
Yes: The candidacy of each person is individually discerned.