Our Monastery in Ennis was founded on 7th October 1958, but the story began much earlier. In 1930 a young priest from Clare, Fr. Joseph Rodgers said Mass in the Poor Clare Monastery in Cork.
While having breakfast afterwards in the parlour he had a conversation with one of the sisters, during which she said "Father you will be responsible for bringing the Poor Clares to the Diocese of Killaloe". That turned out to be prophetic, for in 1957 Joseph Rodgers, the then Bishop of Killaloe, laid the foundation stone for our Monastery. He afterwards remarked "When Mother Abbess in Cork wrote to me regarding the new Foundation, I recalled the conversation, and felt it was God's way of bringing the Poor Clares to Ennis.
- We are 11 in number and come from various parts of Ireland. We have all put down strong roots in Clare and regard it as home.
- We find our Joy in living the Gospel in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi.
- We are a voice before the Father for all the people of God, adoring Him and giving thanks. We spend our time in union with God through the Liturgy of the Hours and Contemplation, with Eucharist as the centre of our day.
- We share with our Sisters in community a family spirit of joy, mutual encouragement and support. We each take responsibility for creating and maintaining an atmosphere in which the sisters can best respond to their own call to holiness.
- We dedicate our life to God through the vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Enclosure, and this determines the nature of our work. St Francis and St Clare saw work as a gift from God and called it 'a grace'. With the help of the Lord we strive to respond to this grace and so return to Him an increase of His talents
- We find joy in the work we do no matter how humble. Indeed for us it is joyful penance.
- We live in the Cloister so that we can dedicate ourselves to the Lord in a Spirit that is free. There is nothing truly human, no pain or joy or sorrow that does not find an echo in our hearts. We hold it all before the Lord in prayer.
- We are closely integrated with the Local Community in Ennis. We are greatly supported by the Bishop, the Friars, the Diocesan clergy and all the Religious and people of the Diocese. We pray that our community will always be a beacon of hope and love for all who come to our Monastery for the support of our prayers. May the Spirit of St. Clare be vibrant and life giving and inspire many young women to follow our way of Life.