“Praised be Jesus Christ”
You are very welcome to our website. We, the Poor Clare Sisters of College Road, Cork, are part of the Franciscan family, followers of St. Francis of Assisi, and we are so pleased that our Holy Father Pope Francis has taken the name of Francis! St. Francis inspired and guided St. Clare who founded our Order of Sisters in Italy in 1212. Our monastery here in Cork was founded in 1914.
As enclosed Sisters, dedicated to the contemplative life, we assure you of our prayers. May God bless and protect you this day.
We hope you enjoy our website, where you can read about St. Clare, St. Francis and St. Colette, about how Poor Clare life started in Cork, how we spend our day and more!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
The Poor Clare Sisters
The Lord has loved you with an everlasting love.
First Anniversary of Sr. Mary of the Angels R.I.P.
Sr. Mary of the Angels, who was originally from Macroom and later moved to Midleton. She joined the Poor Clare Community in Cork in 1968, having worked as a teacher in Mullingar. Sr Mary was a natural contemplative and loved Scripture. In her mid-thirties she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, yet continued to contribute to the Community wholeheartedly. Sr. Mary died very peacefully on the 5th September 2015.
In 2009 Conor O’Toole for UCC 98.3 FM interviewed some of the community. During that interview Sr. Mary spoke briefly about where she came from and her awareness of the passage of the seasons, a keen observer of nature, Sr. Mary describes her encounter with a seagull. Sr. Mary’s deep spirituality is evident as she talks about the Psalms, the prayer of Jesus Himself. As stated above Sr. Mary was a natural contemplative and this is evident as she describes the Divine Office as central in the life of a Poor Clare. Sr. Mary further talks about life in an enclosed community, the importance of a good intergenerational mix and how Reading is essential to “feed the mind.”
We wish to acknowledge our gratitude to Conor O’Toole for permission to use his recording which he produced and edited as part of a documentary that was first broadcast on U.C.C. Campus Radio on 98.3 FM on July 2nd 2009.
"In Our Own Words"
Listen to the Radio Programme "Where The Road Takes Me." The story, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, describes our history, life, vocation and work over the last one hundred years in College Road.