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ling to His most sweet Mother, who gave birth to a Son whom the heavens could not contain; and yet she carried Him in the little enclosure of her holy womb and held Him on her virginal lap... As the glorious Virgin of virgins carried Him physically, without a doubt you too, by following in her footprints, especially those of poverty and humility, can always carry Him spiritually in your chaste virginal body, holding Him by Whom you and all things are held together...” (from St. Clare’s Third Letter to St. Agnes of Prague)

The Poor Clares of the Immaculate were officially erected by a decree of the Holy See on May 8, 2002. They now have three monasteries, with a total of about 60 nuns. Together with the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate, they are part of a single religious family, united by the same founders, the same Marian-Franciscan spirituality and the same Vow of Total Consecration to Our Lady. Our common goal is to bring a new springtime of grace and holiness to the Church by returning to the origins of the Seraphic Order, founded at the little Church of St. Mary of the Angels, which St. Francis lovingly rebuilt with his own hands. 

The Poor Clares of the Immaculate live according to the original Rule of our Holy Mother Clare, with no mitigations, and the Traccia Mariana, a document drawn up by our founder, Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, which gives clear indications on how to faithfully live out the charism of Sts. Francis and Clare in the modern world, following the example and teachings of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe. They wear a grey-blue habit (like the friars and sisters), with a sky-blue veil and the Miraculous Medal worn over the breast. 

The three existing monasteries are located in Italy, but young women from other parts of the world (including the U.S.A.) have begun to enter the Order as well, which gives us hope that in a few years' time they will begin to found monasteries in other countries, and on other continents.

The background music on this page is taken from two CDs produced by the Poor Clares. Click here for recording and ordering information.