“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 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.
The Feast of St. Francis is October 4th.
Novena Prayer to St. Francis
(Sept.25th - Oct 4th)
Blessed Father St. Francis, together with St. Clare,
you renewed the world in the spirit of the Holy Gospel.
Through your tender love for the Babe of Bethlehem,
your sharing in the holy and glorious Wounds of Jesus Crucified
and your ardent devotion to the Holy Eucharist,
we are confident that God will grant our petitions
through your intercession: (MENTION YOUR REQUEST...)
Ask Our Lady Queen of the Franciscan Order
to present our prayers to her Divine Son:
that the sadness of our world will give way
to conversion of hearts, and the perfect joy of God's Divine Mercy.
Obtain for us strength and patience in times of trouble and sorrow.
May we always be open to the action of the Holy Spirit.
Give us a share in your spirit of compassion, prayer and praise,
and something of your pure love for all God's creation.
Pray for us, Blessed Father Francis, that we may be
humble channels of God's Mercy, His Love and His Peace. Amen.
"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.
Presentation of Benemerenti Medals
at Poor Clares Convent
Bishop John Buckley assisted by Fr. Gerard Garrett presented Benemerenti Medals to Joan Twomey and Breda Mullane to mark a lifetime of service to the Poor Clare Community. The beautiful ceremony took place on the evening of Tuesday the 8th of December in the presence of their families and friends. See the latest photographs added to our Gallery