Poor Clares in Memphis Commemorate 75th Anniversary

HNP Communications Franciscan World

Among the many celebrations of the recent feast of St. Clare was the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Poor Clares in Memphis, Tenn. The nuns had a combined public celebration of St. Clare and of their 75th anniversary last week, according to the weekly newsletter of the Province of the Sacred Heart, Around The Province.

Before the Aug. 5 Mass, Fr. Robert Ponticello, chancellor of the diocese of Memphis, spoke about the monastery’s history after which a DVD was shown.

The Monastery of St. Clare in Tennessee is one of six affiliated with Sacred Heart Province.

At the Evansville, Ind., monastery, the community invited two of its sister Poor Clares to share in a Day of Renewal about St. Clare on Aug. 8. In New Orleans, the nuns held a public novena with evening prayer from Aug 2 to 10. On the feast, friends participated in a garden party after Mass.

In Duncan, British Columbia, the Poor Clares gathered to celebrate Mass on Clare’s feast day as they have done since their earliest years in Duncan – outdoors.

In Langhorne, Pa., the nuns included a Triduum and a solemn Mass on Aug. 11 in their commemorations.