A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth

So if you’re a woman who thinks that God might be calling you to the religious life, want to follow in the footsteps of St. Clare, but don’t quite feel called to the cloistered contemplative life….wow, have I found an awesome community of sisters for you to check out!

The Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth in Pennsylvania classify themselves as “apostolic contemplatives”- meaning that they place a huge emphasis on contemplative prayer and adoration, yet also engage in youth ministry, home visits, parish mission work, etc.

They seem to have two different web sites. Here is the first one. Here is the second.

The Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth seem to take their Franciscan charism very seriously. Also, their strong devotion to Mary is wonderful. It also looks like they have many of the traditions of the Poor Clares, including the wearing of the crown of thorns, wearing the Franciscan Crown Rosaries at their waists, and their habits are extremely similar.

From looking at their vocation page, it looks as though these ladies are extremely popular and do a great job at reaching out to prospective vocations via “come and see” retreats. I encourage anyone of you who might be interested to go and learn more about them!


Blogger Charles of New Haven said...

Cool, find, Chiara. I can't believe I didn't know about these "poor ladies." Thanks!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a link to the capuchin sisters singing a hymn to Mary:


7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a candidate for the sisters and just wanted to let you know that i love this blog! The sisters are very serious about the Franciscan way of life, really living in poverty. If anyone has questions about them, just ask!

3:02 PM  

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