Poor Clare Order Launch New Website


One of Ireland's oldest orders of enclosed nuns has launched a new website this week as its global order celebrated the 800th anniversary of its foundation.

The Poor Clare order in Cork city launched the new website to celebrate the historic milestone. 

Eight nuns now reside in the Cork Convent, which is located on College Road adjacent to University College Cork in Cork city.  This week, for the first time in their history, the order allowed a production team from Sandymount Productions into their chapel to film their Sunday Rosary and Benediction.  These clips will now be available on YouTube.

Speaking to The Examiner newspaper about the new developments, Mother Abbess Sr Colette Marie said, “It was a community decision.  We're dipping our toes in.  If a girl feels like she has a vocation, the first place she's likely to look these days is on the internet or Google.  We don't want the website to draw attention to us.  We want it to draw attention to the Lord.” 

Her colleague Sr Francis also agreed with the move.  She said, “We are slow to take new steps.  It is not the essence of our lives to be involved in social media.  But it is the herald of today.” 

Sr Francis also confirmed that the Order checked with other Orders before making the move.  She said, “We asked, did it encroach on community life, and they said once the decision was made, the website itself doesn't interfere with living the Poor Clare life.”

The website was launched by the Bishop of Cork and Ross Bishop John Buckley whose diocese helped the sisters in its production. 

Speaking at the launch, Bishop Buckley described the Poor Clare’s monastery as a, “haven of prayerfulness.”

The website can be viewed at www.poorclarescork.ie.

by Sean Ryan

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