Poor Clare Colettines of Immaculate Conception Monastery
Their cloistered contemplative vocation at the heart of the Church as daughters of Saints Francis and Clare, is a community life of adoration and intercession, offered for all the needs of our torn and fragmented world, "embracing in the most universal way the hardships, miseries, and hopes of all mankind."
Their vocation is Christocentric, Ecclesial, Eucharistic, Marian, missionary in spirit. As an enclosed community, they are united in an intense form of religious family life, rooted in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Divine Office, around which their monastic day and year revolve. They recognize their vocation revealed in the Virgin Mary, Bride and Mother, figure of the Church, to echo her "Fiat" and her loving adoration of the Word of life, becoming with her the living memory of the Church's spousal love.
Professed Members: 8
Year Founded: 2000
Federation: Mary Immaculate
Archdiocese: Chicago, IL
Worldwide: 40 countries
Qualifications: Young women with normal good health, a high school education and the proper qualities of mind and heart.
Formation: Since each monastery is autonomous, the formation of their new members takes place in their monastery. Young women desiring to follow in the footsteps of their Mother Saint Clare are received into the community as postulants and given instruction into the life they hope to embrace as her Poor Clare daughters. Following this period of preparation, they may be invested as novices in the religious habit of their holy Order and given their new religious name as they begin preparation for the profession of vows. At the conclusion of the period of temporary vows, they may be received for the profession of solemn perpetual vows, "totally set apart for God in a personal covenant of love, surrendered with Christ through the Spirit to the Eternal Father."
Age range/limit: 18-38
Belated vocations? No