You are very welcome to the Cork portion of our Poor Clare Federation website. St. Francis of Assisi, who inspired and guided our Foundress, St. Clare, liked to greet people with the words: “Pax et bonum” ( peace and all good) and we send that same greeting to you : may the Lord give you His peace. We would like to assure you that we will keep in our daily prayers all who visit this website. The Lord says in His inspired word:
“You are precious in my eyes and I love you” Isaiah 43:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love and I am constant in my affection for you” Jeremiah 31:3
It is our privilege to be able to offer people the kind of help that can only come through prayer.
We are a community of enclosed contemplative Sisters, here at the heart of Cork city, for almost 100 years. Poor Clare beginnings in Cork date back to Christmas Eve 1914. The first Mass was celebrated at midnight – a dream come true for a local Cork businessman, Mr. Walter Dwyer. He had a daughter Maria, a Poor Clare sister in Tournai, Belgium and his one wish was to have her near him when he was dying. He confided in a personal friend, Fr. Willie Doyle, the well-known Jesuit priest. It was agreed that Fr. Willie would find sisters to open a new monastery in Cork and Mr. Dwyer would finance the foundation.
Fr. Willie contacted the Poor Clare sisters in Carlow who had opened a new monastery in Dublin just a few years earlier, in 1906. Mr. Dwyer then asked the Bishop of Cork, Dr. Callaghan, who, in due course gave his blessing to the founding of a Poor Clare monastery in Cork city.
That very first Mass on Christmas night in the new monastery on College Road was attended by the Dwyer family and the first two of the founding Sisters: Sr. Maria Dwyer and Sr. Angela Tait, a Scottish lady who had converted to the Catholic faith and then joined a Poor Clare community in Liverpool. She had come to Carlow to help found a community there and then led the expedition to Cork! Within a few days they were joined by some more sisters from the Carlow community and the Poor Clare adventure in Cork had begun in earnest!
The community grew over the years and in 1952 five sisters made a new foundation in Scotland. That community is now situated in Bothwell, outside Glasgow. Another foundation was made from Cork a few years later, in 1958, to Ennis, Co. Clare.
From our earliest years, here in the Poor Clare monastery in Cork, we have the great privilege of daily Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In more recent years we are able to share this special grace with all who come to our public chapel. The Lord Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, in the Monstrance, available to us, to give us His love and His help, to be adored and loved in return by all who visit the chapel, throughout the day. Our chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, is very quiet and peaceful and many people including U.C.C. students drop in for a prayer when they are passing. You can join us in spirit at any time and you can know that your needs and requests are included in our prayers.
As Poor Clare Sisters we strive to live the Gospel way of life, to be a spiritual support to all people in any kind of need, those who call during our open hours to ask for prayers or those who write. We endeavour to live our Eucharistic liturgy in a spirit of constant adoration, reparation, intercession and thanksgiving to God, helped by the inspiration of St. Clare. May she come to your aid too, with her powerful intercession.
We hope in the near future to have our own website, please God, and look forward to meeting you there! God bless you.
There is nothing more beautiful than to belong to Jesus! If you think He may be asking you to give your life to Him as a Poor Clare Sister, feel free to write to us:
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