Poor Clare Colettines of Immaculate Heart Monastery

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This order of Poor Clares is an institute of the contemplative life directed in a special way for the praise and worship of God. It strives to give witness to Christ praying on the mountain and to share in the most universal way the hardships, miseries and hopes of all mankind. The sisters live a life of prayer, in the spirit of the Franciscan Saint Clare.


Mother Maura P.C.C.
28210 Natoma Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022



Professed Members: 20
Year Founded: 1950
Federation: Mary Immaculate
Diocese: San Jose, CA
Worldwide: 40 countries
Qualifications: Good physical and mental health; sufficient personal maturity, particularly psychological and emotional which will support the desire to give yourself totally to the Lord in the Franciscan-Clarian adventure of the cloistered contemplative life. A woman who is a dedicated friend of the community is our email liaison for those who prefer email communication. She can receive preliminary inquiries which she then refers to us. Her email address is cbruce1010@yahoo.com.
Formation: All formation of the nuns is done at the monastery. Formation progresses from postulancy to novitiate, to temporary profession, and then to permanent profession. The entire formation program lasts from five and a half to nine years.
Age range/limit: 18-35
Belated vocations? No