Poor Clare Monastery Establishment
This afternoon, during a Federation of Poor Clares meeting being held in Cincinnati, the local Poor Clare Monastery was official establish by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati. The Clares have actually been in our area since the 1980s when three nuns arrived from other monasteries to found a new place in the Cincinnati Archdiocese. For their foundation to be officially establish by the Holy See certain conditions had to be met--certain number of Solemnly Professed Clares at the location, permission of the archbishop, surety that they could be financial supported, etc. The Archbishop is pictured on the left reading the Official Proclamation from Rome at the end of the Eucharist. The document stated that he had the authority to "transfer" the nuns to the newly established monastery. He jokingly mentioned that they would find that their address would be the same as where they had just come from since they have actually been living at this location for a number of years. But now their home is an officially established monastery. About fifteen friars gathered with about 47 Poor Clares from around the country for the Eucharist and a festive reception.
Fr. Fred, our Provincial Minister, spoke in the name of all of the friars of Saint John the Baptist Province about our joy in having a monastery of Poor Clares here in the city associated with our community. The Clares are truly Sisters to us in prayer, in spirit, and in Franciscan Spirituality. He mentioned their warm hospitality and gracious presence at our friars' solemn occasions. Just a couple of Saturdays ago, for instance, they joined us in our celebration of the Solemn Profession of Brothers Al and Chris (see the posts below concerning that celebration). (On that occasion they were wearing their white summer habits. Today they were in their brown habits.) I personally deeply appreciate the presence of the Clares and thoroughly enjoy those occasions when I celebrate the Eucharist for them in their beautiful monastery chapel.