Vocation Profile - Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy

Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy

Mother Mary Giovanna P.C.C.
Abbess
300 N 60th St
Belleville, IL 62223

618-235-4407
www.poorclares-belleville.info

International?No
Professed members9 Professed, 2 Formation
Year founded1986
Generalate/motherhouseAutonomous
Province/federationPoor Clare Federation of Mary Immaculate

(Arch)dioceses
Belleville, IL
Mission
Following in the footsteps of their foundress, St. Clare of Assisi, these Poor Clare sisters live an enclosed life of prayer and penance, in solitude and silence, occupied with God alone, urged on by love for the whole people of God. Centered in Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, their life revolves around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Divine Office and Eucharistic adoration. Their contemplative dedication likewise finds expression within the cloister in humble manual labor, contemplative study and in an intense, joy-filled community life.
Qualifications
Normal good health, a high school education and the proper qualities of the mind and heart are the broad requisites they ask of single Catholic laywomen requesting to enter their community.
Formation
Initial formation begins with a year of postulancy, followed by two years of novitiate. Three years in simple temporary vows culminates in a spousal, lifelong commitment to Christ in His Church through consecration in solemn perpetual vows.
Age range/limit
18-35
Belated vocations?
Yes: Exceptions can be made to the usual age limit, provided there is good reason. Such candidates are examined on an individual basis, although we do not usually accept candidates over age 40.

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