The Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha, part of the Order of St. Clare, are cloistered Roman Catholic nuns, residing in a peaceful area of Northwest Omaha. Prayer is the sole lifework of the Poor Clares, and is how they serve God’s people. Followers of all religious faiths are encouraged to submit their prayer requests to the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha. You are also welcome to celebrate weekday and Sunday Mass with the Poor Clares at the new monastery. There are also guest rooms available at the monastery for visits or retreats. If you are being called to the contemplative life of a Poor Clare, you are warmly welcome to spend time with the Sisters by invitation as a discerning guest.
St. Clare was the first Franciscan woman, a follower of St. Francis. Together they founded the Second Order of the Franciscan family, the Poor Clares in 1212. On Palm Sunday of that year, at the age of 18, Clare Favorone ran away from home to follow the Gospel Way of St. Francis of Assisi. She was ushered into the Portiuncula where she changed her rich robes with a simple tunic and a cord, and this investiture marked the foundation of the Order of St. Clare (OSC). She was brought to the Benedictine monastery at Bastia, and later to Sant’Angelo di Panzo where she was initiated into a monastic formation. St. Francis then gave her the Church of San Damiano which became the first Poor Clare monastery, with St. Clare as Abbess. It was there that St. Clare wrote the Rule and developed the contemplative community dedicated to prayer and poverty.
The Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha was established on the 15th of August 1878 as the first foundation of the Order of St. Clare in North America. Mother Magdalen Bentivoglio was the Abbess, appointed by Pope Pius IX, who chose her and her sister Mother Constance Bentivoglio to bring the Poor Clare Sisters to the United States. After failed attempts to set up the Poor Clare Monastery in New York, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, they were received in Omaha by the goodwill and generosity of Bishop James O’Connor who understood and appreciated the value of the contemplative life and mission of religious. It was with the support of Count John Creighton that the establishment was made possible. After Omaha, today there are nineteen other monasteries in the United States.
The new Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare located at 22625 Edgewater Road in Omaha, Nebraska is built on land leased by the Benedictines of Mount Michael Abbey. It was blessed and dedicated on March 25, 2015.