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Open House at St. Clare’s Monastery

DSCN1088 (300x225)Pope Francis invites Religious Sisters and Brothers during this year of consecrated life to a fresh way of being:

 “The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world!

Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living!

It is possible to live differently in this world …

It is this witness I expect from you!” Pope Francis.

On Sunday, February 8, individuals and families came for our open house at the Monastery.         

Jackson and Alison Clare came to find out about our foundress, St. Clare of Assisi. 

The Alvarado family (Kevin, their oldest son, was taking the photo) wanted to see where their mom and dad come to Mass on Saturday mornings and to meetings of ACTS Women and Men during the week.  Judy Miller, the chef at Franciscan Retreats, brought sweet bread and bars for the visitors.

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A New Year: fresh in prayer and presence


Raise up, O God, men and women who are leaders of peace.

As with Moses, who gave us the law,

And Samson gave his strength,

David was an example of courage,

Solomon was filled with wisdom and built the Temple to your glory.

Raise up also in our day, Lord,

wise, strong, courageous, and peaceful leaders to help mold your people

into a living Temple and lead us to your promised land.

Bless us with the vision of Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares,

Give us the compassion of Jeremiah to weep and comfort your people,

And imprint within us the bravery of Daniel to praise you even in the midst of oppression and hardship.

Grant us the devotion of Ruth

The commitment of Esther

The humility of Mary

Peter’s faith and Paul’s zeal

To build a new world of justice, peace, mercy and kindness and to  lead your people there.  We ask this in your most holy name.


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Jean and Martin

unnamed[2] (2) (500x500)                                        Many of you know Jean Molesky-Poz.  Jean blessed our house with a visit at the end of Oct.  A few weeks later her marvelous husband, Martin, was in Bloomington translating for five immigrant families before the Fort Snelling immigration court.  He is a specialist in three Maya languages and is flown all over the US as translator.  He had just time for a bowl of chile and a plate of rice here at the monastery before he had to be at the airport to board his flight to Boston where he would translate for more immigrant families. Martin is a true American hero.

Remembrance and Celebrating

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Sister Cecilia was with us as we remembered the 60th year anniversary of Poor Clare  community life here in Bloomington, Minnesota.  We were also celebrating the feast day of Sister Cecilia.  Our Franciscan brother,  Anthony Crisitelli,  presided at Eucharist. followed by a lively Community meal.

Teach Us to Pray


This night our Community room is open to eighty 15 year olds who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  They want to learn how to pray.  After a presention and Q and A we processed outside through the dark, cold night singing a Taize mantra and into the Chapel, the spiritual fireplace of our monastery. We prayed psalms 95 and 96 antiphonally, listened to a short Scripture reading, then closed our eyes, attending to the Holy Spirit breathing in us and prayed silently for 15 minutes.















I love the highlighted words from the last letter to all the Poor Clares from Friar Michael Perry:

“Like Jesus, be ‘accessible,’ ready to receive whoever draws close to you.”  And again, “Be a mirror of His mercy so that the meeting with Truth can liberate.”

Acts sisters celebrate Hilda with a Baby Shower

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Hilda and her baby will remember this party.

Hilda and her baby will remember this party.

What’s happening at the Poor Clares?

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 Fifteen men from the ACTS Mission joined the Community and friends to pray the Divine Office and celebrate the Eucharist.  They continued here through the day with a mini retreat in preparation for the Thursday to Sunday retreat they will offer to their brothers in the Faith at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake starting next Thursday

The Knights

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…have completed a long list of “to do’s” at the Monastery

And are about ready to mount their beautiful trucks,

Heading to their lake places to enjoy the early days of autumn.

A Joyfully anticipated visit

Sister Lucie and her brother, Dominique La Fleur  

Dominique joined us for the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.

He is knowledgeable in so many fields that we were continually engaged by his intelligence and wit.

Sr. Lucie's brother, Dominique La Fleur, visited and enlightened us about Freemasonry in Canada.

The Sisters who serve our Federation.


Our monastery here in Bloomington, Minnesota is a member of the Mother Bentivoglio Federation of Poor Clares in the United States.  We team up with the Holy Name Federation every two years for an inter federation assembly.  Our Sr. Gabriel Zwiener, second from the right, serves on the Council of the Federation.