The Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration (P.C.P.A.) are a Pontifical Contemplative Order of Cloistered Nuns with the privilege of Solemn Vows, Papal Enclosure, and Solemn Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We are part of the Second Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Our lives are totally consecrated to Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed in the Monstrance in our Monastery Chapel. Each sister is privileged to have a daily hour of Adoration and also a few hours of night Adoration each week.
A Franciscan vocation is a call to serve God in simplicity and joy of heart. By the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience the heart is set free of earthly attachments and is able more easily to concentrate on living the Gospel as exemplified in the life of our Holy Father Francis and Holy Mother Clare.
Perhaps you are called to spend your life adoring Jesus in the Eucharist and thanking Him for all His Goodness. Ask Mary our Mother to enlighten you and guide you to the place in which you can become holy. If you feel you might have a vocation to our contemplative order, please write and tell us about yourself.
To become a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration, a young woman must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a young woman between the ages of 18 to 35
- Be in good physical and psychological health
- Have a High School education
- Have the ability to live in community and to work with others
- Have a love for prayer and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
In the monastery everything is directed to the search for the face of God, everything is reduced to the essential, because the only thing that matters is what leads to him.
Monastic recollection is attention to the presence of God: if it is dissipated by many things, the journey slows down and the final destination disappears from view.
John Paul II
On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius XI declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That very same day, a new Franciscan Religious Order was founded in Paris, France by Mother Marie de Ste. Claire.
This new Form of Life united the Franciscan way of life ‘according to the Gospel,’ with a mission of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a spirit of reparative thanksgiving. Mother Marie de Ste. Claire was inspired by the account of St. Luke’s gospel of the ten lepers, with only one returning to give thanks to our Lord. Desiring to adore, console and magnify God and the great goodness He has shown by giving Himself to us in the Eucharist, our foundress passed on to her daughters the great privilege of offering unremitting thanksgiving to Jesus, solemnly exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. Thus a religious community, which would one day be known as the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration began, rooted in the simplicity of Franciscan gospel life, the ardor of Eucharistic Love, and under the protection of Mary Immaculate.
Faith is what gets you started.
Hope is what keeps you going.
LOVE is what brings you to the end.
Mother M. Angelica
In 1962, Mother Angelica, with five nuns from the Sancta Clara Monastery in Canton, Ohio, founded Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama. In 1981, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched. As EWTN continued to expand right at the doors of the monastery, Mother moved OLAM to rural Hanceville, a quiet area more conducive to contemplative prayer.
On December 19, 1999, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville was consecrated. Fittingly, the Shrine is a place of worship for people of all faiths, offering opportunities for visitors and pilgrims to find peace and rest in the Presence of Our Lord.