We are a small community of Catholic nuns known as the Sisters of St. Clare. Our order was founded in 1212 by St. Clare of Assisi who chose to set aside the security of traditional family life and take vows of poverty and celibacy in order to pray with and for those in need. Today over 20,000 Poor Clares continue this prayer ministry in over 70 countries.
In our Poor Clare community here in Saginaw, we receive and respond to over 800 prayer requests a month. We listen to the anguish of someone in a troubled marriage or grieving a death. We share in the sorrows of the human heart and bring the suffering ones with us to prayer. We think of ourselves as “Companions in Prayer” to those who want to call upon God in their distress, or to thank God in their times of joy.
Traditionally, our community has lived on donations as our major means of support. However, we supplement our donations by designing and selling greeting cards. We also make a Fragrant Blessing Oil to help Christians pray with each other. We invite you to browse our website for a fuller description of our ministry and ways to support us. Please feel free to leave us a prayer request and to join us in being our “Companions in Prayer.”