History


Welcome to our history section. Being the longest-surviving group of women religious in Ireland, there is a growing interest in the history of our Community. We intend over time to build up this section of the website by adding more information and digitised documents which will be of interest to casual readers and scholars alike.  For now the PDF's which are attached to this section provide a large amount of information on various aspects of our history 

 We are grateful to the copyright holders of articles republished here for granting permission to use them on this website. Website readers should be aware that articles are published here for information only and a separate permission must be sought from the copyright holders to use the articles for any other purpose. 

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Galway Poor Clare History by Celsus O' Brien OFM




A short article by Dr. Bronagh A. McShane

Our Lady of Bethlehem (Athlone Madonna)
Seventeenth Century translations of Poor Clare Documents
Rare Books


Clare and Francis' "success" lies in their complete abandonment of self to the One who never ceases to have incredible confidence in us. They responded with passionate love to the passionate love God has for us humans. They dared to risk everything. They threw themselves with complete abandon into a life of total poverty, knowing it would lead them straight to the cross, to powerlessness and insignificance. Their logic was the Gospel logic of the seed that must die in order to bear fruit.


Giacomo Bini OFM - Clare of Assisi