The sisters rise early. Coffee is available from 4:oo a.m.
Quietly, one by one, the sisters gather for prayer.
6:15 The Abbess gives the community her blessing.
A Eucharistic hymn is sung as Abbess opens the tabernacle doors to display the Monstrance containing our Eucharistic Christ. Our day has begun. Our hearts filled with love for our God, our world, and all for whom we have been asked to pray.
Community prayers follow:
Morning Praise of the Liturgy of the Hours
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues (Adoration / Personal Prayer).
7:00 Holy Mass followed by time for prayer/ breakfast.
(Sun.: Mass at 9:00)
8:20 Midmorning and Midday prayer of the Divine Office.
(Sun. at 7:45)
(Thurs.: Followed by Community Meeting.)
(Sat.: Followed by Choir Practice.)
9:00 Variety of Work (See below.) Half hour turns for adoration on some mornings.
(Sunday: work not scheduled, half hour turns for adoration.)
12:00 Dinner with recreation. Followed by: The Angelus, Mid-afternoon Prayer.
All help with dishes.
Prayer / Personal Time / Study / Novitiate classes (days & times vary)
4:00 (Mon. Tues. Wed.) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Evening Prayer, Adoration/ Personal Prayer
4:15 (Thurs.) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, followed by a Holy Hour for vocations/ Adoration
4:15 (Friday) Stations of the Cross, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, Adoration / Personal Prayer
4:30 (Sat. Sun.) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, Adoration / Personal Prayer
5:30 Office of Readings
6:00 Collation (light supper) in silence. Audio conferences on Scripture, liturgy, theology, spirituality, etc. Followed by the Angelus. All help with dishes.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Night Prayer with Examine / Solemn closing of the Blessed Sacrament.
The day comes to a close with our Hymn to Mary.
Maintenance for a spacious, long-established, beautiful building like ours can be never-ending, so we become handy at doing many things. We help in the kitchen and refectory (our dining room), laundry and, of course, there is always housecleaning. Poor Clares are of the working class, so all the sisters’ skills are used to maintain the monastery in the Altar Bread Dept., Liturgical Vestment Dept., Sewing Room, and our little lobby Gift Shoppe.
A receptionist has to be available for our busy phone lines, and she also turns out many computerized calligraphy cards each day. People call to ask for our prayers or to request prayer remembrance cards sent out to family and friends for various occasions. Sister Secretary answers steady correspondence from all over the country. Sister Archivist preserves our long and graced history. Sister Librarian keeps our library filled with good books.
To a great degree much of what we do depends on the talents our sisters bring us. Our Poor Clare RN provides around the clock care as needed. We take turns cooking; we each seem to have a specialty or two we enjoy making. We certainly appreciate our two organists who accompany us in our singing. Our sacristan keeps flowers on our adoration altar and everything in our choir and public chapels looking special. Our resident “Green thumbs” cultivate flowers for our altars.
Afternoons provide spaces for contemplative prayer, spiritual reading, study, or the development of personal hobbies, and rest. Holy days and holidays provide longer spaces for these pursuits. Now that’s what you would call the bare bones of a day in the life…..