March, First Sunday of Lent


This morning on the web, New York Times free headlines edition, I read this powerful article by Austen Ivereigh:

                                          Is the Pope the Anti-Trump? 

This is an excellent article especial for those of us who are puzzled by what is going on in our world today. You can pull up the article on you smart phone or computer by calling for Google and typing in:

                                        Is the Pope the Anti-Trump 

As we used to say, “Feel the Bern”, and do something about it.

Here at our Chapel ready for Lent.

Our Chapel for Lent.

New Home for the Minneapolis Poor Clares


The Motherhouse at Assisi Heights

The Motherhouse at Assisi Height


Entrance to Assisi Heights, Home of the Rochester Franciscans

Entrance to Assisi Heights, Home of the Rochester Franciscans

Dear Friends and family,

In 1953 a small group of Poor Clare Sisters came down from Sauk Rapids MN to the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to found a Franciscan Poor Clare Monastery here in Bloomington, south Minneapolis. Land was donated by the St. Martin family, a portion from their farm. Through the funding and help of the families and friends of the Sisters work began on the building and landscaping, including a two acre Pine forest on the almost 5 acre plot of land.

The monastery evolved in tandem with the archdiocese and along with the emerging cultural changes in our Country after World War II. The Second Vatican Council dramatically affected both our Church and our World including our Monastery. The Monastery was on path to becoming a house of prayer for all God’s people.

Now through prayer and discernment we are being asked to pass on this beloved home loaned to us for some sixty years. Due to the aging of our Sisters and the lack of new vocations to our form of life, we are no longer able to care for this beautiful place of peace and devotion and give the Sisters the care they need.

Our prayer is one of great gratitude for our time among you with a hope that the use of our property might continue to serve God’s people in new and wonderful ways. We will never forget you and ask for your remembrance of us in prayer.

Your Poor Clare Sisters

Your Clare Sisters will be living on the third floor in a wing of this beautiful building which we call “our Little Portion.”

A link to information about our new home at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN


St. Clare’s Monastery ——– Photos by Pat



St. Clare greets all passersby.


Welcome to the Monastery

During  the period of what the Church calls Ordinary Time, Pat Leighton, a member of our extended worshipping family here at the Monastery was moving around in the Chapel taking photos.  We did not know to what purpose was this photographic endeavor but we appreciated his interest in the Chapel and the grounds of the Monastery.

At Christmas time we unwrapped the mystery tied to his labor: beautiful cards depicting cherished spots of prayer in and around the Monastery. We offer some of the photos here on our Blog through the graciousness of Pat and above all as a tribute to our loving God who created this beautiful house of prayer through the hearts and hands of many.




Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis whom he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, immigration and so many more global concerns essential for the well being of God’s people.  Here is a salute to one of the finest American presidents ever elected by the people to serve this United States of America.  AD Multos Annos!

Looking back on these last few years of the ministry of Pope Francis to the Church and the World we give thanks for his example of universal and all inclusive ministry of mercy, kindness and largeness of spirit, never narrow minded, partial or bigoted.  May we walk with these two great men into the future in solidarity with all God’s people especially with those most in need.

Christmas, 2016

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus surprise us, bringing gifts for our Christmas celebrations. Our relationship with the Knights goes back to 1953, our beginning here in Bloomington.

Word Eternal-Christmas, 2016

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Photos of Monastery Crèches – Lynne Morin

Vinyl to digital conversion – Robb Morin

Technical Expertise – The Borchards

Creative Design – Sister Beth Lynn

The Music of Spain

Bell Ringers of the Dawn
Every Sunday morning between four and six, a
group of men – Bell Ringers of the Dawn –
circulate through the streets of the mountain
village of Arriate.

Andalusian Liturgy Part 1 & 2
In the Andalusian mountain town of Ronda, a
religious order of women lives in a convent with
the mission to tend the sick at night.  Each
morning they gather in their chapel to sing
during the Mass.  This religious order shuns
publicity of any kind.  The mother superior
permitted the taping of the music on the
condition that the sisters remain unaware.


Living the Feast

The spirit lives on in the beautiful feast of our Sister Clare.  Eighty friends were here to celebrate the Word and Sacrament with Archbishop Hebda and our Community.  The Archbishop spiced his homily with memories of Assisi leading youth groups from New Jersey, this done during his eighteen years studying and then working at the Vatican. DSCN1368 Bob Frazzetta and the Franciscan Friars at St.  Anthony’s, Butler, NJ were among the many of you who joined us through gifts of flowers and cards.

Feast of St. Clare


Come and join us for the celebration of Clare of Assisi:

The Transitus or Passing of St. Clare is at 7 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

The Eucharist is at 10 AM August 11, 2016.

Our new archbishop, Bernard Hebda, will preside at the Eucharist.  We are grateful for Bishop Hebda’s presence.  Poor Clares have a special relationship with their bishops which goes back to the early 13th century when Bishop Guido of Assisi gave his full support to Francis and Clare at the very beginning of the Franciscan movement.  God bless Bishop Guido.  You could think of him as a Medieval Bernie Sanders: open to the new and attracting the young.



Come Join Us!

Hello to all you good folks out there.  We are up again and happy to invite you to celebrate Eucharist with us on the fourth of July at 9:oo am.