Poor Clares in South Carolina Announce Leaders

HNP Communications Franciscan World

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The sisters of the Monastery of St. Clare elected five new leaders last month.

Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in nearby Greenville celebrated the liturgy of the Holy Spirit for the nuns on the morning of the Feb. 13 election.

Those elected were Sr. Mary Conner, OSC, as abbess; Sr. Annemarie Dudek, OSC, as vicaress; and Sisters Kathy DeLancey, OSC, Carolyn Forgette, OSC, and Nancy Shively, OSC, as councilors.

A letter to Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, announcing the triennial elections described the Poor Clares’ connection to several other friars.

“Our brother Thomas Hartle, OFM, served as our visitator from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1,” wrote Sr. Mary. “His time with us was a time of grace.”

In addition, Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, celebrated Eucharist with the Poor Cares after a visit to Furman University.

“May this 800th anniversary year be a time of blessing for us all as we deepen our call to be faithful followers of Clare and Francis,” Sr. Mary wrote.