" O God, You are my God, for You I long, For You my soul is thirsting " Psalm 62

Nuns at PoorClares Monastery
Sr. Francis talks about The Divine Word in an interview with Conor O'Toole in 2009

Franciscan Saints and Blessed

St.Pio of Pietrelcina

Blessed Marie Celine

St. Colette and the Poor Clares of Cork

Teachings of Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict’s Message to Young People
Piazza, Westminister Cathedral, Saturday 18th September 2010


Pope Benedict Speaks to Young People At Assisi
June 17th 2007

The Feast of St Clare is August 11th.

Novena Prayer to St. Clare

Beloved St. Clare, by your trust in God's providence,
obtain help for all the poor and needy;
by your love for the Infant Jesus,
obtain the protection of our families,
by your love for Jesus Crucified,
obtain for us courage in every trial;
by your love for Jesus in the Eucharist, obtain our request:
(Here mention your request.....)
by your attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, obtain for us the grace of prayer and devotion;
by your likeness to Mary our Mother, obtain peace in our hearts, our homes and our world.


Feast of St Clare, August 11th, Homily by Fr. John Bosco

“If you live in Me, and My words stay part of you, you may ask what you will – it will be done for you. My Father has been glorified in your bearing much fruit.” John 15:8

Here we have the secret of St. Clare and that of countless Poor Clare communities over the past eight centuries. Certainly many people call or write to the nuns for spiritual advice and assistance trusting in their greater openness to and their greater intimacy with the Eucharistic Christ, and the mediation of Mary of Nazareth, whose Immaculate Heart is still closest to His Sacred Heart, especially in the preaching of the Gospel, the celebration of the Sacraments, the fostering of holiness, the conversion of sinners and unbelievers. And it is by their constant striving to become an ever more authentic community of prayer like the Holy Family of Nazareth, by becoming an ecclesiola, or perfect church in miniature, that the Poor Clares sanctify the universal Church, and obtain for hierarchy, religious and laity, married and single, fallen and suffering, the graces and blessings that only God the Father of Mercies can bestow. United in love and prayer, living Eucharistic Sacrifice , Communion and Adoration to the full, to the extent that the special graces of their vocation permit, the monastic community is the greatest witness we have to the reality of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, whose Spirit is the Spirit of the living God.
Poor Clare community in love and prayer is a truly powerful apostolate. St. Clare attaches great importance to St. Francis’ prophecy about this apostolate when he was building the first monastery for her and her community at San Damiano, near Assisi, “... ladies will dwell here who will glorify our Heavenly Father throughout His holy Church by their celebrated and holy manner of life” [Testament of St. Clare 4]. Clare herself reminds the Sisters, “I hold you to be a co-worker of God Himself and a support for the frail and failing members of His glorious Body” [3LCl. 3]. She sees the holiness, - the charity and prayerfulness of the Sisters as their first and greatest apostolate.
In the Bull of Canonisation, less than two years after her death, Pope Alexander 1V eloquently praised the gifts with which Clare enriched the Church, “She poured forth a new fountain of water of life to refresh and benefit souls” [Bull of Canonisation 11]. The Pope did not hesitate to call the holy foundress “fruitful mother in the order of salvation”, thereby confirming Clare’s own view of herself and her Sisters.
The Poor Ladies were mother because their holy lives engendered sanctity in others, and caused the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, to grow in grace and members. And all because like the Virgin Mother Mary they never allowed the love of Jesus Crucified, and His desire for the salvation of all mankind to leave their minds, hearts and lives.

St. Colette and the Poor Clares of Cork

For fifteen centuries beloved St. Nicholas has given gifts to child-like hearts. History records that on January 13, 1381, in the little town of Corbie in France, his petitioners, the elderly Robert and Marguerite Boëllet, who in her 60th year, jubilantly welcomed the birth of their “miracle baby” Nicolette.
 Graced by God, Colette thrived. After her parents’ deaths, aged 19 the young Colette, who was in the care of the Benedictine Abbot of Corbie, sought religious consecration and thus became an enclosed anchoress.

But her Lord had other plans. While Europe was fragmented by wars and strife and the Church was rent by schism, the religious orders suffered decline. All these seemed without remedy. But Saint Francis begged Our Lord to empower Colette to restore the fervor and primitive observance in the Franciscan Orders. Once God made this known to the startled anchoress, and plainly insisted upon it, she completely surrendered herself to His will, saying, “Dear Lord, I am Your handmaid”.

Only one totally given could have said “yes” to the subsequent years of uncertainties, wearying work and travels. She founded communities of the primitive Rule of Saint Clare and put fresh life in them with the spirit of their Holy Mother, eventually giving them Constitutions. Colette was a mother to her daughters in religion who drew strength from her. The Church has recognised her powerful intercession for all mothers, expectant mothers, and those longing to start a family, and has named her their special patroness. Colette died on March 6, 1447, and was canonised in 1807.

Icon of St. Colette (Sr. Therese Michel);

Blessing of St. Colette

The Father of all Mercies,
The Son by his Holy Passion,
The Holy Spirit Fountain of Peace
of Sweetness and of Love,
fill you with all consolations.

St. Colette receives the Rule of Life from St. Clare
(a detail from an icon by Paolo Orlando for the Poor Clares, Poligny, France)

Chronology of St. Colette’s Life.

1381 - January 13th, birth of Colette Boëllet in Corbie of Picardy, France.

1400 - Colette investigates God’s path with the Beguines, the Benedictines and the Order of St. Clare.

1402 - September 17th, retires to a cell built onto the wall of the Church of Corbie as anchoress and leads a life of prayer and penance.
1406 - Accepts the task of restoring the original spirit of Francis and Clare in the Franciscan Order. This is confirmed by the Anti-Pope, Benedict X111 whose election was later found to be invalid. When she realised she had received permission from an Anti-Pope she appealed to the real Pope Martin V and repeated the whole foundation process.

1410 - Founded the first Monastery in Besançon, a further sixteen follow.

1417 - Meets St. Vincent Ferrer, the Spanish Dominican apostle, whose preaching helped end the Great Schism.

1429 - Supposed meeting of St. Colette with St. Joan of Arc at Moulins.

1434 - William of Casal, the General of the Franciscan Order, agrees with her reforms and approves of her constitutions.

1440 - The Franciscan, St. John of Capistrano who at first wished to curb Colette’s aims becomes her colleague.

1442 - First visit to Ghent and first Belgian foundation there.

1446 - Exhausted, she visits Ghent a second time.

1447 - Death in the Monastery in Ghent

1448 - Papal approval of the constitutions, writ- ten by St. Colette

1453 - Opening of the cause of her beatification in Rome. 1479 - Monastery founded in Bruges, Belgium from Ghent.

1740 - Declared blessed by Pope Benedict X1V.

1807 - Canonised by Pope Pius V11.

1863 - Monastery founded in Levenshulme,
Manchester, from Bruges.

1893 - Carlow Monastery, Ireland founded from Levenshulme.

1914 - Our Monastery in Cork founded from Carlow.

A map showing the location of Poor Clares Monastery

Poor Clares Colettine Monastery

College Road, Cork, Ireland.

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