Chesterfield Poor Clares Commemorate Anniversary

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

CHESTERFIELD, N. J. — Three Holy Name Province friars joined in the recent milestone celebration of the Monastery of St. Clare here.

The Nov. 21 event commemorated the 100th anniversary of that monastery, originally in Bordentown, N.J., and now in neighboring Chesterfield.

Bishop John M. Smith of nearby Trenton, N.J., celebrated the Mass, and Fr. George Sander, OFM Conv., of Binghamton, N.Y., preached. 

Representing the Province were Thomas Hartle, OFM, of Boston, the spiritual assistant for the Holy Name Federation of Poor Clares; Daniel Lanahan, OFM, of East Rutherford, N.J., former spiritual assistant; and Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM. 

Other participants in the celebration included sisters from Langhorne, Pa., Jamaica Plains, Mass., and Wappingers Falls, N.Y., as well as benefactors of the monastery, said Thomas, who has served as spiritual assistant for more than a dozen years. 

Photos of the celebration appear on the blog of the Poor Clares, called Monastery Happenings.

Among the friars apppearing on the Poor Clares Web site are Dominic, Gerald Hopeck, OFM, Jeffery Jordan, OFM,Stephen Kluge, OFM, Erick Lopez, OFM, Hugh Macsherry, OFMRonald Pecci, OFM, Xavier Seubert, OFM, and Juan de la Cruz Tucios, OFM.

— Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.