Our founding sisters, who first lived in an abandoned building in Chinatown, in 1906, worked hard and begged alms to earn enough money to purchase this land in Jamaica Plain and build a more suitable place for a monastic life and the increasing number of sisters.
Once again, our future calls us to embrace a new phase in our long history of 112 years serving people of the Archdiocese of Boston. In order to make it possible to remain here for you, giving our lives to our Church and our world in the deep union of love and prayer made possible by our Franciscan contemplative form of life, we had planned and hoped to build a compact monastery, that would be more economical to maintain in an expensive economy. But our plans have come to a standstill, since we have not received the needed permission to erect a new building. It seems God heard the prayers of our many friends and neighbors who never ceased pleading with us not to leave them. As far as we can see now, and much to their joy and delight, we are happy to remain in this place which we love, as long as we can manage to do so.
So, now, depending totally upon God’s Providence so graciously expressed in your continued kindness and generosity towards us, we have a huge project ahead of us. Instead of raising funds to supplement the cost of a new monastery, urgent repairs are needed on our 85 year old building, starting with a leaking roof and crumbling bricks and cement.
Our daily work of distributing altar breads to hundreds of parishes, making liturgical vestments, and other handmade items, printing prayer cards, managing our little gift shop, sewing our own clothes, and he daily tasks of maintaining this large building, is never enough. Besides ourselves, we also continue to sustain since 1960 the foundation in Japan made from our community. We are our sisters’ keepers, as well.
Will you try to help us in our present need? We know we cannot do it without you, and we are tremendously grateful for any donation you may be able to give. You may be assured of our devoted prayer for you. PAY PAL is available on our CONTACT page.
Thank you! And God bless you!
Your Poor Clare Nuns of Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA.