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We are an enclosed contemplative community of Poor Clare sisters whose monastery is in Nuns’ Island, Galway. We have had a presence in Galway for over 375 years. From our beginnings in Gravelines in early seventeenth-century Spanish Flanders (present-day northern France), to Ireland of 2023, the same rhythm of daily prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, work, and community life continues today, inspired by our holy founders St. Clare and St. Francis. St. Clare was the first female follower of St. Francis. She was captured by his vision of poverty, humility and simplicity and the resulting joy that flowed from a life lived in imitation of the Lord Jesus. It is this same Spirit-inspired vision which animates our Community today. . 

Whoever you are, or wherever you are, may you find, in the pages of our  website, strength and encouragement. Know that we remember you, our website visitors, and your intentions in our prayers.  In the words of St. Francis: 

May the Lord give you peace!

 

 

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Saint Clare
Our Life

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The contemplative nun fulfils to the highest degree the first Commandment: "You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind", making it the full meaning of her life and loving in God all people. She moves towards the perfection of charity, choosing God as the "one thing necessary", loving Him exclusively as All in all.


Pope John Paul II, Verbi Sponsa