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.

Meet Peggy, our new candidate…

On the beautiful feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple,  as the Light of God was proclaimed to the World, Peggy Patterson entered our chapel to become, like Jesus, a light for our world by her life of prayer as a Poor Clare nun.   Sister Mary Veronica, the Directress of Formation at her side, will introduce her to our Form of Gospel Life for women written by St. Clare of Assisi.  The blessing of the candles is significant as we welcome another Poor Clare to carry the flame of the Clare-light into the future.       ( This paragraph is written in Peggy’s favorite color.)                                                            


Please Join us for our annual Triduum in honor of St. Clare of Assisi – August 8, 9, 10, 2019.

Each year we welcome our friends to an evening Eucharist on the three days prior to celebrating the feast of our holy foundress, St. Clare.

Our Presider this year is Rev. John Tokaz, OFM Cap, Guardian of San Lorenzo Friary in Jamaica Plain and Co-Director of Post Novitiate Formation.

Time: 7:00 P.M.  Where: in our chapel.  If you are unable to attend, please send in your intentions for the Triduum.

The Mass of the Solemnity of St. Clare at 11:00 A. M.  Sunday, August 11th.

“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

Thank you! Thank You! Thank you!

…… for making our bazaar so successful.  All the delicious baked goods, and beautiful gifts you donated, and most of all your presence there, leave us very grateful.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and the great bargains to be had there.  May God bless you all.

Welcome to our annual Bazaar – November 17th, 2018.

Once again, we happily invite you to our annual bazaar. We appreciate your patronage, very much, as the proceeds help with the cost of heating this large building for a short while each day. Doors open from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.   If you scroll down a bit there are pictures of the good time everyone had at last years bazaar.

We will have Sister Jo’s Irish Bread, as well as your favorite chocolate chip cookies, and other tasty treats the sisters are preparing for you. We are most grateful for your donations of baked goods, needlework, and hand grafts, as well as NEW items we can sell there. (We do not have room for used items in our limited space, but we are able to sell some donated items, especially  religious items in out little lobby gift shop.)  

Please come!

The Poor Clares of Jamaica Plain, MA