Our Future


St. Francis begged stones to rebuild the church of San Damiano for St. Clare and her sisters.  They moved down from their mountain hermitage at San Angelo de Panzo to that little place close to the city and suitable for their form of life.

Our founding sisters, who first lived in an abandoned building in Chinatown, in 1906, also worked hard as well as beg to earn enough money to purchase this land in Jamaica Plain and build a more suitable place for the increasing number of sisters.

Once again, we are hard at work to build a more suitable place that is not so expensive to maintain in these times of economic distress.  WE are looking at a piece of land not far from here.  We’ll keep you posted on our progress. At this time the land is being tested. (see pictures below)

Franciscan poverty leads us to take this step, so that we will be able to continue to serve our Archdiocese and our world by our lives of prayer as cloistered contemplatives.  Because Poor Clares also have a missionary spirit,  this move will also make it possible for us to continue to support our Poor Clare foundation in Kiryu, Japan, as we have done since 1960. We are our sisters’ keepers.

As we start this new chapter in our long history in the Archdiocese of Boston, we depend upon the intercession of our Holy Founders,  Francis and Clare, who were experts in making new beginnings.    As we make our way through this difficult task, we trust in God’s Divine Providence,  and in you, our friends, and pray that you may be inspired to help us in this endeavor.  PAY PAL  is available on our CONTACT page.

Please be assured of our grateful prayers.

Your Poor Clares of Jamaica Plain.