WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE!
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 northern France, to Ireland of 2020, the same life 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 new 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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Monasticism....not only offers the possibility of peace and interior life, but also the ability to witness intensely to the Christian conception of man and the world marked by a deep harmony which far from opposing spirit and matter, the individual and society , God and man, unifies all in a loftier plan of beauty, solidarity and holiness. Man was created beautiful and holy by God.