Our New Home


At Last! All negotiations are completed and we are on our way to our new home in Westwood.

The long, tedious, process of locating a building or property suitable for our needs started twenty years ago when we realized we could no longer afford to make the repairs needed in our beautiful, but aging, building. As it continued to deteriorate its value also decreased, so that building a new monastery was no longer an option for us. Existing properties we looked at were either too big or too luxurious for a monastery. Just when all possibilities seemed to have been exhausted the Lord showed us the perfect place: a former house of prayer nestled in a quiet wooded setting in Westwood that we would be able to purchase through the sale of this property. Most wonderful of all, it was not far from all our friends in Jamaica Plain.

It will take about two months to gradually move into our new home at 590 Gay Street. One day we went up with Fr. James Koury who blessed the grounds and every room in each house. The property includes a house for guests separate from our enclosure where we look forward to welcoming you once we are settled there.

Moving Sale June 11th!

We look forward to welcoming you at our first MOVING SALE.
There will be VINTAGE items accumulated through the past 116 years in Boston. Here are some of the items available:

Canning jars and supplies – wooden apple press – furniture – chairs -sewing machines – sewing supplies – linen – material – industrial machines –
large quilting frame – needlework books and supplies – frames- pictures – Christmas items – floral arrangements – wheelchair – infirmary items – books – magazine collections – novelties – baskets – movie projector – movie screen – and more.

It will be held outdoors from 10 am until 2 pm.
Should it rain please call this number for a rain date: 617-524-1760.
Hope to see you there!

Cardinal Sean Celebrates His 50th Anniversary

On August 29th, our beloved Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination as a priest. He had chosen to say his first Mass 50 years ago with Poor Clare Nuns when he was in Illinois, and now, on his anniversary day, wished to celebrate this Mass also with Poor Clare Nuns.

Following his memorable Eucharistic celebration and homily commemorating this special day in his life, the Cardinal, with his secretary, Fr. Kickam, proceeded with us to our refectory for refreshments. Cardinal Sean enjoyed his time with us, as we enjoyed his smiling presence, and his delight with the simple gifts that we gave him. Our lovely morning together ended with his blessing, hoping to return soon.

“Lord, protect our city”…our country, our world.

For eight centuries, Poor Clare nuns have been living out a solemn mandate given to them by Saint Clare of Assisi. It began in the year 1212 when a ravaging horde of despots was in the act of breaching the walls of the little monastery of San Damiano. A prayerful plea from Clare and her sisters witnessed the attackers swift retreat. Shortly after, when their hometown was under siege, Clare led her sisters in prayer: “Lord, protect this city which nourishes us for love of you.” The invading army quickly dispersed, and Saint Clare was credited with saving Assisi. To this day, the daughters of that courageous woman remain committed to prayer for the protection of the cities that have welcomed them, for their countries, and for their world.

Poor Clares are contemplative nuns whose lives are centered in the praise of God with the apostolate of prayerful intercession for God’s people. Since we need not go anywhere to do our life’s work, we remain in our monasteries in fidelity to our trust. In today’s circumstances, our enclosed form of life gives us a particular relationship with all who are presently cooped up by urgent “stay home” warnings, and social distancing guidelines in light of the Covid 19 virus. We are no stranger to confinement since we make a vow to remain in our monasteries for our entire lives. A quiet place apart, like this, offers the space one needs to grow spiritually free enough to enter more deeply into God’s silence where humanity becomes whole.

The very difficult situations imposed by this Pandemic can provide just such an opportunity for people to experience this sacred silence. Deprived of the usual diversions that ordinarily hold people centered in their ego selves could give them the chance to explore their silent inner space where God lives. It would be a discovery well worth the effort it takes, because as we come to know God’s Presence within, we experience a hidden dimension of ourselves we may not have known before. Our spirit selves grow stronger, so that the Spirit of God becomes the new source of our choices and we become able see as God sees, as things really are. The more we do this, the more the ego that once ruled us has to take a back seat, while the Spirit of God becomes our heart. The Spirit of love teaches us how to better serve the world we love. All humanity has been called to this mystical dimension of life: to be God incarnate on this earth.

As this painful time of an unremitting virus continues to shape our days, and cause so much suffering, loss of jobs, and despair, consider the possibility of portioning out some time each day to taste your oun personal silence. Websites have great ideas to pass the time indoors: games, hobbies, and activities, and these offer good release from boredom. But instead of drowning out the “still, small voice” of God, why not let it breathe new life? Our present catastrophe could turn into a graced opportunity. All it takes to open up to the peace of the Presence of God within you, and around you is to clear away the clutter and take time to just BE. The blessings of healing and peace that are always within us waiting to be discovered, might be just what is needed to bring you through these devastating times with new strength, new faith, and the will to rebuild our world.

Poor Clares have faith in the unlimited capacity of prayer to make things happen. That’s why we love what we do, and have vowed to dedicate our entire lives to sending God’s love to the ends of the earth, as Robert Lax, a confidant of Thomas Merton wrote: “Prayer is a way of doing spontaneous good for all things and in all places. It’s a way of sending out love everywhere at once.” With our Mother Saint Clare we pray: “Lord, protect our city”…our country, and our world.

Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Forty days after Christmas, on February 2nd, 1955, Julie Fitz-Gerald was welcomed into our community as a new candidate, just like Peggy was today.  Sixty-five years later, on this Epiphany of Christ’s entering the Temple as Light of the World, Julie has become Sister Mary Magdalen of the Sacred Heart, and we join her as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.  Franciscans believe that anything worth celebrating is worth celebrating well, so we take three days to thank and praise God for sister’s fidelity as a Poor Clare all these years.M Magdalen & F Kalcher

Fr. Gregory Kalscheur, S.J. celebrated the Eucharist and happily joined us for a photo session afterward.  Sister Mary Magdalen stands on his left, with Sister Clare Frances, our Abbess, on her left, and our Vicaress, Sister Mary Veronica, at his right.

“Why do you not come to me to be healed?”

There is a touching story of a blind man regaining Clare outside chapel his sight through St. Clare of Assisi’s intercession.   It happened shortly after she died.  A blind man had a dream in which a beautiful lady said to him:  “Why do you not come to me to be healed?”  When he learned that the lady he described was St. Clare, he went to her tomb where he regained what he had so long desired: his vision.

St. Clare was no stranger to suffering herself  having been ill for more than 28 years.  This gentle lady is still asking all who need healing:  “Why do you not come to me?”  This first follower of St. Francis of Assisi helps those who suffer, so that they may share as deeply and as fruitfully as she has in the redeeming love of Christ.

Come Pray With Us

We daughters of St. Clare continue her great work. Every day of our lives we gather into our hearts the needs and hurts of all.  We invite you to join us in asking our holy Mother Clare’s intercession on behalf of the suffering people today, especially little children.    Together let us go with confidence to St. Clare during the three days of prayer before her  feast day on August 11th, and place our intentions in her loving and compassionate heart.

Prayer to St. Clare of Assisi

O loving and merciful Jesus, who filled the heart of St. Clare with love for the mysteries of your cross, and the grace of joyful trust in suffering, grant, through the help of her example and prayers, that we who suffer in mind, heart and body, may find comfort and strength in our pain, and faith in our difficult trials. Trusting in your healing love and mercy, may we come to share in the light, love and peace of your kingdom. We ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.

Christmas Greetings from All our Sisters

At this beautiful season of the year, we are reminded that Christ is born, and lives, within every person.  Jesus taught us how to bring God’s peace and love into our world by following in his footsteps.   Now it is our turn to do good to everyone, as he did, spreading God’s love and healing and understanding to everyone.  It is up to us to help and heal our poor suffering world. 

This is  the spirit in which we endeavor to live among ourselves, and show to all with whom we come in contact.  But it is especially by our life of prayer that we hope to spread  God’s merciful love throughout the world.

Below is a picture of  our present community with the creche in our outside chapel. 

Xmas 2018 panel 2