As Clares, we dwell at the heart of the people of God. Our form of life, as handed down to us by St. Clare, is a rich and powerful source of up-building the Church and the entire human community. Because of the mysterious interconnectedness of all creation, we believe that as we strive to open our whole person to God, the level of God-consciousness is increased in our world. Our vision is to be united with all peoples in a solidarity of prayer so that the Gospel values will be made real in our world.
Our schedule fosters a contemplative prayer life, allowing for times of solitude, longer spaces for prayer and reflection and pursuits which enrich our individual lives (listening to music, Scripture reading/study, walks, etc.) Our communal prayer incorporates reflection on Scripture, chanting psalms, spaces of silence.
Our prayer is inclusive, always expansive, opening us more and more to the needs and sufferings of those around us and to the whole of humanity.
While being true to our contemplative life style, our lives and space are now available to others by inviting them to join us when we gather for Eucharist and for the Liturgy of the Hours. Some of the sisters facilitate days of prayer for various groups when it is possible. Our small hermitage is open to those who desire time and space for solitude.
As we become more steeped in Franciscan Incarnational spirituality, we discover how God calls us to live deeply connected with all of creation. Our respect for Mother Earth involves the proper use of resources, simple living, organic gardening and the care of God’s simplest of creatures.
Knowing that God is in everything – every human experience, all creation and every person – we are called to be a people of praise, worship and thanksgiving.