Clare was the first Franciscan sister, and the founder of the Order of Poor Clares
, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition.
Rather than marvel at Clare's "exceptionality," then, Mooney invites the reader to better understand the circumstances, ideals, and personalities that supported, advanced, or limited her efforts on behalf of herself and her sisters at San Damiano (later known as the Poor Clares
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The Poor Clares
, as the group is called, is the first community of the 'women religious' to settle permanently in the Philippines, having arrived in 1621.
A convent was built for the Poor Clares
at Coimbra, which she honored with countless miracles after her death.
A friend of the nuns who was standing by told me they were members of the Poor Clares
order and they had come down specially from their residence just around the corner on Simmonscourt Road.
She and several women, who called themselves the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares
), lived in a hut beside the church of San Damiano.
She look'd upon a picture that hung by, & bestow'd it for the first adornment of our altar.' (30) Exclusion and the ensuing grief of dislocation were the tropes structuring the Poor Clares
' narrative, but by identifying with the holy family the women were consoled.
We are reminded of harrowing lives enslaved in Magdalen Laundry/Asylums (1) or in nunneries that sold Irish babies (2) or in dysfunctional drunken families (those dramatized in Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes and in Nuala O'Faolain's Are You Somebody?), or in the Poor Clares
orphanages as described by Mavis Arnold (3) or in countless Industrial Schools such as Connie experienced.
The Convent was once the home of the Poor Clares
nuns, who announced it would be closing in 2011.
They cover the life and afterlives of Saint Colette; the dukes and duchesses of Burgundy as benefactors of Colette de Corbie and the Colettine Poor Clares
; Colette, Joan of Arc, and the expanding boundaries of women's leadership in the 15th century; the "privilege of poverty;" an illuminated version of Pierre de Vaux's Vie de Colette; and cult and canonization.