Who We Are

We are contemplative women sharing in the charism of Sts. Francis and Clare and our foundress, Marie Claire Bouillvaux. We form a sisterhood centered in Eucharist, and committed to radical gospel living. Together we embrace a poor and humble lifestyle in total dependence upon God.


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Mother Mary Magdalen Colson, PCPA
“In season and out of season” my life is entirely meaningful because I see that He is altogether the CAPTAIN OF MY LIFE AND HEART!  I pray that His beautiful Will be completely fulfilled in me.


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Sister Marion Celine Zeltman, PCPA
Each day here at Sancta Clara Monastery is an adventure in God.  I delight in whatever I do – whether it’s spending precious time with our Eucharistic Jesus, praying for others, meeting the challenges of the moment or enjoying the company of my sisters in community. I know beyond a doubt that communing with Jesus is my life Source, and I fully trust His wisdom and love in all the circumstances of life.  My lifelong love of Jesus in the Eucharist reached its fulfillment when I totally committed myself to Him and made perpetual vows on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1998.


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Sister Joan Marie Jones, PCPA
The Franciscan/ Clarian life, so deeply rooted in the Sacred Humanity of Jesus and in Eucharist, is for me an ever fuller actualization of the call I first heard: to accept the infinite love and mercy of God as a child, with wonder, joy, and thankfulness, and to sing his praise. I have always loved to sing – and one of my greatest joys is to sing God’s praise each day. Because of the gift of God’s life and grace in me, I have faith that my simple Poor Clare life has great spiritual value for all the world. What could make life more meaningful than this? How can I keep from singing?


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Sister Mary Immanuel Lattner, PCPA
My Eucharistic Jesus, King of my Heart, called me to cloistered, religious life and I came.  The yearning to abide within never ceases.  The gift of vocation unfolds daily.  Living unity in community inspired by St. Clare takes Gospel life a step further and offers a burning love for others from which to make choices in the moment.  Come and See the story.


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Sister Mary Gertrude Espenilla, PCPA
The Eucharist is the HEART of my call to be a nun. Confronted with challenges in life, I always found strength and peace in the Sacraments, in Holy Communion. Called to be a perpetual adorer of the Eucharist, my life as a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration continues to be a fruitful journey and I am tremendously blessed. What a GIFT to live in a community of contemplative women whose way of life is giving praise and thanksgiving for God’s gift of the Eucharist as we witness to be a visible sign of God’s love and peace in our broken world by the love we have for one another and for all whose lives we touch. My heart is filled with gratitude and joy for all that He has done in my life. I strive daily to live in awareness of His abiding LOVE and PRESENCE… for His ongoing call to personal and communal wholeness. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek; to dwell in the house of the Lord and contemplate His temple” (Psalm 27)


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Sister Marie Dominique Ando, PCPA
I was born in a Buddhist family from Japan, but through God's grace converted to Catholicism... the biggest and the most important thing that ever happened in my life. I never realized that God exists and that He loves me. His wonderful and mysterious ways are incomprehensible. He picked me up among the gentiles and called me to belong totally to Him.


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Sister Mary Agnes Shayo, PCPA
I was an active sister in Tanzania, East Africa.  However, I felt inspired to enter a community with Eucharistic Adoration in gratitude to Jesus for His unconditional love.  The love of God and the Spirit of poverty of St. Francis and St. Clare drew me to the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in 2007. My vocation as a cloistered nun is a mystery hidden in the Eucharist.  I learn from Jesus the ways of simplicity and humility.  Our community life centered in the Eucharist is a Gift.  “Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, burning with love for me, Inflame my heart with Love for You.”


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Sister Marie Joseph Erana
When I felt deeply called to devout myself to God, I knew I wanted Cloistered Life …. a life of prayer, contemplation and loving sacrifice with total centering on the Eucharist and liturgy. This journey is giving me great challenges to nourish more deeply my spiritual life in union with Jesus Christ. I have this opportunity to gaze upon the Lord everyday in the Blessed Sacrament. I am overwhelmed to say the words of the prophet Jeremiah, "You seduced me O Lord, and I let myself be seduced," - one of my inspired thoughts especially following the Franciscan and Clarian way of life.
I pray that this intense fervor I have now would always remain in me, and I would be more determined to continue following the guidance wherever the Holy Spirit would lead me. And that everyday I can utter these words from the Song of Songs, "When I found Him whom my heart loves I took hold of Him and would not let Him go."


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Sister Illuminata Shirima
I was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. The Lord led me to join this contemplative community of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration whose life is centered in the Eucharist… in Jesus who is my Friend and Savior.
O most Merciful Jesus you continue to bring healing to the world especially in your Real Presence in the Eucharist. You are true to your word when you said, “ I do not want to send them away hungry or they will collapse on the way.” Your ways are wonderful for You take such pity on us and meet us in our lowliness. O COME, LET US ADORE, PRAISE AND GIVE THANKS TO OUR EUCHARISTIC LORD AND KING.


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Sister Chiara Wang
I found out about who Saint Clare was in the basement library at the Catholic Campus Center and fell in love with her instantly. St. Francis on the other hand, seemed to have adopted me as his little plant long before I stared at the San Damiano Cross in Assisi, Italy. My devotion to the Eucharistic Adoration began about the time of my senior year in college. The distinct call to enter the Spousal covenant with Jesus came during a Sunday Mass. As soon as I received the Holy Communion, my whole world changed forever.
What a privilege it is for me to enter Sancta Clara Monastery! Here I encounter my Beloved everywhere, and especially in the Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in our Chapel where His littleness embraces mine and His humility covers my nothingness. I thank You, Most Holy Trinity, for your abiding Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament! O, Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!