Franciscan Sisters

Poor Clares: Surrounding the World in Prayer

The Poor Clare Sisters are followers of St. Clare of Assisi, a friend and companion of St. Francis of Assisi. The Poor Clare Sisters number over 20,000 sisters throughout the world in 16 federations and in over 70 countries. Most monasteries have from four to thirteen members. Some have larger communities but the Poor Clare charism is one of family and following St. Clare’s guidance, small communities are much better to keep this family spirit than larger ones. So when a community gets to a certain number a new community is started.

Poor Clare Sisters bring much to the Church - gifts of prayer, simplicity, community and joy. Each Poor Clare community is autonomous. Not all Poor Clare sisters dress alike, work alike or keep the same daily schedule. If you go from monastery to monastery you will feel the spirit of joy and communal gifting of each other - you will experience the warm bond of joy, simplicity and happiness of being a Franciscan.

Find out more about the Poor Clares and communities worldwide by visiting:

Third Order Regular Franciscan Sisters: Conversion, Contemplation, Poverty and Humility

Find our more about the various Third Order Regular Sister communities by visiting: