We are a community of contemplative Catholic women called Poor Clare Nuns, also known as Sisters of St. Clare. We continue the ministry of St. Clare of Assisi, who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the healing power of prayer with others.

We devote our life primarily to prayer;  we seek to know the presence of God in our lives and to bring others closer to God through our prayer. That is why we want to be Companions in Prayer with you. Please join with us in our prayer.


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Sister Bernie celebrates 75 years as a sister!

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This Week’s Sunday Journal

by Fr. Kelly

Sunday Journal

It’s In The Name
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 24, 2014
MT 16:13-20

I have a lot of good friends in the Filipino community here in Saginaw. But, I admit, I had trouble getting to know them because many seem to go by two or more names. Obviously, everyone has a legal name…a given name. But most also go by “nicknames” they have acquired over the years. Some, in fact, have several nicknames. It is a custom that my friends have brought with them from the Philippines. What makes the whole thing especially confusing is that when I ask: “Why do they call you ‘Bing’? … or… How did you get the name ‘Cherry’?” the response is typically: “I don’t know, my family has always just called me that!” Moreover, there is no obvious connection between the “nickname” and the individual, so that the nickname seems appropriate or well suited to the person.

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Who Are the Poor Clares?
Summer 2014

jubileeIn the closing weeks of summer on August 11, we Poor Clares take time to remember our founder, St. Clare of Assisi. In addition to remembering St. Clare, this year we also celebrate two of our sisters’ jubilees or anniversaries. Sister Bernardone is celebrating 75 years and Sister Laurene 65 years of following the call of St. Clare. In this newsletter, we thought you might be interested in knowing more about our early beginnings 800 years ago!

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Srs. Laurene, Dianne and Bernardone celebrating their jubilee at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Saginaw, MI.
Sr. Laurene, Bishop Cistone and Sr. Bernardone

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