Friends from across the country send in the names of people they wish us to remember in our solemn Christmas novena.  These lists of names are placed on our altar beneath the gaze of our Eucharistic Lord.

A snowfall makes the

whole world look NEW!

We share the newness of life and love we
celebrate during the Christmas season
with the poor
by using some of our winter work time
to make quilts for needy families in our area.

…which, along with home-grown pine, spruce, yew and holly branches, adorn our monastery windows

throughout the holy season.

In typical Poor Clare fashion, we welcome in the New Year on our knees before the Blessed Sacrament, offering the Church’s ancient hymn of thanksgiving, the “Te Deum,” in gratitude for the blessings of the past year and for those yet to come in 2018.

Franciscan poverty, simplicity and love of nature are all reflected in the way we decorate our monastic home for Christmas.  Here, the Sisters bring in this year’s gathering of pine cones…

The new liturgical year begins with the season of Advent.  Our novitiate Sisters crafted the Advent wreathes for our public chapel and monastic refectory using greens from our cloistered garden.