At the recent event celebrating 800 years, the Poor Clares also welcomed Sr Veronica to their order.

Breath of fresh air as singing Nun is latest Poor Clare

When Sr Veronica came to Graiguecullen three years ago, she probably never expected to be welcomed with such open arms.    A member of the Poor Clare order, Sr Veronica was invited to the county from the Philippines by Mother Francis, abbess of the Poor Clares.    Explaining how Sr Veronica came to be a member of the local order, Fr John Dunphy said: “Members were dwindling in the Poor Clares so she was invited over by Mother Francis and the rest of the order to see if she would like it in Ireland.”   Fr Dunphy went on to describe Sr Veronica as “a breath of fresh air”.    “She loves music and playing the organ and is always singing,” he added. Sr Veronica also made history last Wednesday night when she spoke to a congregation in St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen.  “She is the first member of the Poor Clares ever to speak to a congregation, certainly in this church,” revealed Fr Dunphy, who said Sr Veronica spoke about her life before joining the nuns and her calling to join the order.  There are now nine Poor Clares based in Graiguecullen and Fr Dunphy explained that this particular order are all called to a life of prayer.   “People will write them letters or call in to them to ask them to pray for a particular purpose. They are available to speak to the public for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.”   Fr Dunphy added that the Poor Clares also often bless newborn babies or newly-wedded couples.

Fr Dunphy also praised the order for having the foresight to ask Sr Veronica to join their order from abroad, something, he said, priests should take note of.

Click to read the testimony of Sr Veronica

Triduum for Feast of St Clare 8-11 August

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We have to remind ourselves that Clare was but a mere eighteen years old, but endowed with a wisdom and prudence and solid virtue which could only be the fruit of the Spirit of God finding ready soil in her willing heart, Clare resolved to give herself to the one Love of her life, our Lord.

So was born in the year 1212, the Order of Poor Enclosed Ladies or simply the Poor Clares, as they were known after the death of their Mother and Foundress, Saint Clare.

Triduum in preparation for the Feast of St. Clare in St. Clare’s church, Graiguecullen, Carlow

Mass each evening at 7.30 p.m.

August 8th

Theme: Holy Eucharist & St. Clare Speaker: Fr. P. Younge O.F.M.

August 9th

Theme: Healing & Miracles of St. Clare Speaker: Fr. D. Lynch O.F.M. Cap.

Blessing with relic of St. Clare

August 10th

Theme: Testimony Speaker Sr. Veronica (Philippines)

August 11th

Theme: Feast of St. Clare Concelebrated Mass at 10am. Sr Veronica will be fully incardinated into the Poor Clare Community, Graiguecullen.

Blessing with relic of St. Clare

Poor Clares, Carlow

The Poor Clares are living in Graiguecullen, Carlow for over 100 years.The generosity of our kind neighbours, friends and benefactors has been unbounded.

Day and night, as we keep vigil in turn before our Divine Lord’s Sacramental Presence, we praise and thank Him for all the wonderful people, know and unknown, near and far away, past and present, who have been and are the instruments of His overflowing generosity to us.

For the needs of all we intercede continuously before Him because the fatigues, misery and hopes of the children of our common Father, in their personal and family lives, are ours too.

This is our vocation in the church; ” to be co-workers with God himself “, as St. Clare expressed it.