We must express the deepest thanks to our glorious God, our vocation is a great gift. -- St. Clare
As we begin our celebration of 60 years of living a life of prayer in South Carolina, we are grateful for our vocation. Though our early sisters came to this part of the Lord’s vineyard, our prayers reach out to all God’s people and to all of creation.
This year is a time of remembering our sisters who came to begin this foundation and it is also a time to remember all our blessings. We especially recall by name so many of our benefactors that have been part of our lives but who are now celebrating in God’s presence as well as you who continue to journey with us.
You will notice in this newsletter a survey. Part of our giving thanks is to know the connection that we have with each of you. We would be so grateful if you would return the survey and as we receive it, you will be especially remembered in our prayer. We also appreciate hearing from you during the year when there are important things going on in your lives.
This is also a time of looking to the future so it is with gratitude that we celebrated Sr. Sharon’s profession of Solemn Vows on June 19th. We continue to pray for vocations and prepare a place for others to follow our way of life. We invite you to pray with us and if there are women that you know who are discerning a call from God in their life, encourage them to visit. Many of us that live in the monastery, thought at one time, “It could never be me!” But our God is a God of surprises. Your response to our “Ways of Giving” will help us to plan for our current needs as well as those in the years ahead. Thank you for your generous help these past years which is helping us to pay off the debt on our new monastery.
We invite you to our celebration of St. Clare’s Feast Day in August. We hope that you will join us for the Transitus, a liturgical celebration of her passing from this life to fullness of Life with God and our Eucharistic liturgy. We are blessed that our sixty years is part of such a rich tradition in the Church.
Sr. Mary Connor, osc
And all your grateful Poor Clare Sisters