Franciscan Connection

"I invite you to pray; I hope you can repeat in these times the miracle of St. Francis and St. Clare so that we may see girls, young women of today in this vocation, in this mission living this splendid charism, hidden indeed, so profound, so feminine." -- Pope John Paul II


In 1212, Clare of Assisi, desiring to follow the life of poverty and penance instituted by St. Francis, was clothed by him in the symbolic habit of the order. St. Francis, himself, wholly committed to Christ, had already inspired many youths to follow him as zealous Friars -- his First Order.

Clare and her Sisters, his Second Order, were to obtain by their prayers and sacrifices, graces and strength for the Mystical Body of Christ and for the whole world.

Many women, yearning to live a life of witness to Christ, have embraced this life. From their monasteries all over the world, their truly apostolic, cloistered lives of prayer, labor and sacrifice draw many souls to Christ.


To learn more about the Poor Clare way of life, you are welcome to write to:

Monastery of St. Clare

200 Marycrest Drive

St. Louis, MO 63129


The Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy

300 North 60th Street

Belleville, IL 62223



2010 Poor Clare Monastery Construction


2009 Poor Clare Sisters St. Louis Groundbreaking Photo Page


Poor Clare Sisters National Web Page