Why do Poor Clares live on alms?
As Poor Clare Nuns, we continue the ministry of St. Clare of Assisi who lived on alms, or financial contributions, and who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the healing power of prayer with others. We believe that we are called by God to the same ministry as St. Clare.
By accepting alms to cover many of our expenses, we have time to be available to anyone seeking prayer. We receive and respond to over 800 prayer requests a month through phone calls and emails from our web page. We listen to the anguish of those in troubled marriages, those grieving the death of loved ones, or those dealing with crippling addictions. We share in the sorrows of people whose hearts have been bruised, broken, and betrayed. We bring the suffering ones with us to prayer. We believe that when people share their struggles with us in prayer, they no longer bear their burdens alone.
We also rejoice in the joys of a person’s life. For example, we celebrate the gift of a birth or the satisfaction of completing a project or accomplishing a goal. God is here and present in all that we experience.
Although our major means of support is through alms, we also supplement our income by creating and selling Christmas and sympathy cards as well as producing and marketing our own Fragrant Blessing Oil. However, proceeds from the alms we receive and the cards and oil that we sell do not cover all our expenses. Although we live a simple life, we need your support to help us continue our ministry of prayer.