Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow

And may trouble avoid you

Even in snow …..

-Irish Blessing (edited for post)


After turning our clocks back last week, hoping for warmer weather, but finding ourselves in a winter wonderland, we share some photos of our garden’s winter “snow joys”:


Feb. storm 2013

It’s all so beautiful!




Snow Sister St Clare

Snow Sister


Snow Angels in progress


Happenings . . .

We hope the photos below will serve to bring you into happenings that make up our days.

At the top, Sister Clare Frances is with our Religious Assistant, Fr. Thomas Hartle, OFM, and Poor Clares from various monasteries in the United States, on a sponsored pilgrimage to Assisi, Perugia, and Rome. They were wondeefully enriched by the gracious hospitality of the Clares there.

Then follows a batch of pictures taken at our Annual Bazaar.  It was wall to wall people as always, and a good time was had by all. We are grateful to all who patronized us that day.

We were happy to have our Sister Mary Pius, who has been Abbess of our foundation in Kiryu, Japan, for many years, home for  R & R.

Our brother Friars from Assisi surprised us by a quick visit with the relic of St. Pio as it toured Franciscan Houses in the States. You can see us there with our Abbess, Sister Mary Veronica holding the relic.