Although the Poor Clares are an enclosed order, their witness reaches worldwide through their increasing use of the internet and multimedia.


Saint Clare and Poor Clares in Ireland from emarcus255 on Vimeo.

Poor Clares Graiguecullen

The Poor Clares in Graiguecullen have their own website – www.poorclarescarlow.ie

On the site you can find a wide range of information (and photographs) about their community life and prayer, answering the call and a number of testimonials from the sisters.

CD – A Time to Pray

There is also the following information about their CD titled “A Time to Pray”.

We hope you will take the time to join us in prayer and that this CD will help you in the joys and sorrows of daily living. We have chosen the themes of Praise and Thanksgiving, Trust, Eucharist, Our Lady and Angels. You can choose to stay with one theme, consider and reflect upon it before moving onto the next.

Please mail your contact details to Poor Clares, ” A Time to Pray “, Carlow, Ireland should you wish to order. Please enclose a payment of 17 which includes worldwide shipping. All proceeds go to charity. We thank you.

Poor Clares in Galway

www.poorclares.ie

The Poor Clares in Galway have revamped their website this week with the help of a group of 1st year GMIT Digital Media students.

The website met with an unusual amount of interest, getting two million hits in the first two weeks when it was first launched in 2003.

“We felt it was getting out-of-date and we had been thinking about updating the site for some time.” said the Abbess, Sr. Colette. “It was an amazing stroke of Divine Providence that one day three students just knocked on our door. They are studying Business Computing and Digital Media at GMIT and arrived with their ideas for a redesigned website for us as one of their college projects. We were stunned to say the least and of course we are delighted!”

Originally from Poland, Marek Mazur, Agnieska Wartalska and Justyna Malek have also added a Polish version to the site.

This isn’t the nuns’ first association with Poland. A nun from the Cracow monastery spent several months in the Galway Monastery last year learning English before going on a missionary foundation to Africa.

“We are also looking into the possibility of getting an Irish version of the site up and running in the near future.,” said Sr. Colette.

Speaking ahead of the launch of a fundraising campaign for the repair and updating of the hundred-year-old Extern Convent which is the reception area of the Monastery at Nun’s Island, she said that a page will soon be put up on the website giving information about that.

The website was re-launched on the Thursday, 16th of April to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Franciscan Order, with the url: www.poorclares.ie

Multimedia

The site has a range of features, including video and audio clips, slide presentations showing scenes from the enclosed but evidently very joyful lives of the sisters, some of their life stories, frequently asked questions, and a guide to prayer and discernment.

The video showing on this page is one of the videos available on their site.

Currently 17 sisters live at the Poor Clare monastery at Nun’s Island in Galway. They support themselves by producing altar breads for the diocese of Galway and beyond.