Who We Are

Returning love for His boundless Love….
Hidden with Christ in God…
Living in His Presence…
Being love in the heart of our Mother the Church…

We are the Colettine Poor Clare Nuns of Kokomo, Indiana, a small cloistered community called to follow Christ in a Gospel form of life according to the tradition of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

 Centered on Christ
Jesus is our life.  It was the imitation of the poverty and humility of Jesus and His poor Mother that inspired our founders to dedicate themselves to the Gospel life in the thirteenth century.  Today our community is inspired by this same timeless ideal.

A Eucharistic Life
Adoration of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is at the heart of our contemplative life.  This spirit of prayer permeates our day, whether we are participating at Holy Mass, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, fulfilling our daily work or enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

In the Footsteps of Our Lady
Our monastery is dedicated to Maria Regina Mater (Mary Queen and Mother).  We claim her as the Queen and Mother of our spiritual family and strive to follow her example of total obedience to the Will of God.

The Privilege of Poverty
We count it a privilege to be poor in imitation of Jesus Christ.  A Poor Clare claims nothing as her own in order that she may rely completely on the Providence of God for all her material and spiritual needs.

Called Apart
We cherish our vow of enclosure as a gift of God that enables us to love and serve all people by our hidden lives of prayer and penance.  Like our Mother St. Clare, our lives of prayer make us co-workers of God and a support for the frail members of the Body of Christ (Saint Clare).

Our ‘Second Mother’
We affectionately call Saint Colette of Corbie our ‘second mother’, since it was she who preserved for us the primitive Rule of Saint Clare.  It was her God-given mission to reform the Poor Clare Order in the fifteenth century.

The Grace of Working
Like Saint Clare, we her daughters call work a grace.  We share the humble tasks of everyday living, as we foster a joyful common life based on charity, prayer, penance and work.

Spouses of Christ
By our religious consecration we are wed to Christ as His brides.  This union also makes us the mothers of countless souls as we offer our lives for the benefit of others.

Joyful Penance
The penances we embrace are one way of returning love to Him who gave Himself totally for our love (Saint Clare).  Fasting, bare feet, never eating meat, and rising to pray at midnight are some of the penances we share in common each day.

Our Holy Habit
As spiritual sisters drawn together by God’s own design, we know that each of us was handpicked by the Lord.  Our holy habit is a particular reminder to us of our shared life and ideals.


Poor Clares