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Poor Clares, Monastery

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St. Clare was the first Franciscan woman, a follower of St. Francis. Together they founded the Second Order of the Franciscan family, the Order of Poor Clares.

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The Poor Clares of Travelers Rest are a contemplative order of nuns dedicated to a life of prayer, simplicity, and community. Their mission is to serve the Church and the world through their prayers and presence, embodying the charism of Saint Clare of Assisi. The Poor Clares engage in various ministries including offering prayer requests, providing spiritual direction, operating a retreat house, and preparing altar breads. They live a communal life centered on the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, fostering a deep spiritual environment for their contemplative mission.

Ministry Work and Mission
The Poor Clares focus on a contemplative life, dedicated to prayer and service. They offer prayer requests, provide spiritual direction, and operate a retreat house for those seeking spiritual growth. Their ministry also includes preparing altar breads for liturgical use. By living a life of simplicity and prayer, they support the spiritual needs of the Church and the community.

Vocation and Life as a Poor Clare
Becoming a Poor Clare involves a discernment process including inquiry, retreats, postulancy, novitiate, and taking vows. This formation period helps candidates understand the contemplative charism of the Poor Clares and prepares them for a life of prayer, community, and service. The journey deepens their relationship with God and equips them for their contemplative mission.

Spirituality and Community
The spirituality of the Poor Clares is rooted in the Franciscan tradition, emphasizing prayer, simplicity, and living the Gospel. The Sisters live together in community, supporting each other in their spiritual journey. This communal life fosters deep spiritual growth and enables them to dedicate themselves fully to their mission of prayer and service.

Impact and Outreach
The Poor Clares have a significant impact through their dedicated life of prayer and their various ministries. They offer spiritual support to the community through prayer requests and provide a peaceful environment for retreats and spiritual direction. By living a life of prayer and simplicity, they serve as a spiritual anchor for the community, offering hope and intercession for the world's needs.

For those interested in exploring a vocation with the Poor Clares, the monastery offers opportunities for engagement and discernment, including retreats and personal conversations with vocation directors. These experiences help individuals understand the contemplative way of life and discern their path to service within the community.

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