Oblates of Mary Immaculate
5 Kernot Avenue
MULGRAVE Vic 3170
Ph: 0411 8825 701
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Order of Saint Clare (OSC)
170 Narellan Road
Campbelltown NSW 2560
Ph: (02) 4625 1591
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The Poor Clare Story - OSC
The Poor Clare Story began with Clare and Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago. Francis Bernardone's earliest dreams were of becoming a knight, and winning honour and glory. When these dreams came to nothing, Francis found himself seeking out secluded spots for prayer and reflection.
Before the crucifix in the small, run down church of San Damiano outside Assisi, he became aware of Christ's call to repair his church. Leaving aside his dreams of glory he started to repair San Damiano, but soon realised that Christ was calling him to bring to the whole church a message of peace and joy, poverty and penance, through a radical Gospel life.
The message was heard by Clare Offreduccio, a young girl of 17 or 18, who had already sensed the call of Christ. Clare's family had other dreams for her, but Clare listened to her own heart. She sought Francis' advice, confident that he would understand and support her, finally she left her home, promised obedience to Francis, and prepared to follow Christ by a radical Gospel of poverty.
San Damiano became her home; here she and those who soon joined her, lived lives of prayer and penance, poverty and simplicity, peace and joy, as they sought to follow the Gospel. Supported by one another, their lives were enriched by the sisterly love that flourished among them. Today there are over 18,000 Poor Clares in 800 monastries around the world.
Mission And Ministry:
As followers of Clare and Francis, we are committed to living the Gospel within a contemplative way of life. Though the externals of the 13th century, even those of the early 20th century, are no longer prominent, we live within enclosure, not by means of walls and grilles, but with a deep appreciation of the conditions that living apart helps to create and maintain: solititude and silence, prayer, and attentive listening to the Word of God in union with Mary our mother.
Over the years many things in our life have changed, but the essentials remain constant: daily life in the monastery revolves around the Eucharist, the praying of the divine office, personal prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, work, study and recreation, creating a rhythm of prayer and work. Our role in the church is one of prayer, praise of God, and intercession for the needs of the world, sharing as we do in its joys and sorrows, its pain and its hopes.
Our life is simple and relatively uncluttered; we seek to intimate Christ in his poverty, and in his life of service, sharing in the daily tasks of life in the monastery which is our home. Relying on the goodness and compassion of God, and on the generosity of benefactors, we support ourselves mainly by the making of altar breads. Our life together is deeply marked by the realisation that we are indeed sisters to one another.
Though withdrawn from the mainstream of society we try to be attentive to the signs of God's presence in or world, seeking to keep abreast of the needs and concerns of the church and the world, of our diocese and our franciscan family. In simplicity and openness to the Spirit we trust that our way of life continues to be responsive to these concerns and needs, and that our lives will enrich the church, the world, and the entire universe.
It takes time to discern whether someone attracted to this way of lie is truly called to live it; the discernment process usually calls for a 'live-in' for a few weeks with the sisters in the monastery. The time in formation itself spans at least 6 years; it includes a preliminary year (postulacy) followed by two years of spiritual formation (novitiate) before undertaking to live according to our way of life for a definiite time of at least three years (first profession). Her formation will include scripture and theology, church history, spirituality, liturgy, religious life, and franciscan studies; she will also be helped towards a growing openness to God, to her sisters, to all people, and to creation itself.
Phone: 02 4625 1591
Our Lady of the Missions, Sisters of - Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM)
Catholic Pastoral Centre
40A Mary Street
HIGHGATE WA 6003
Ph: (08) 9422 7904
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Our story must begin with Euphrasie Barbier, a young French woman, whose heart was fired for mission when she heard a visiting missionary bishop preach in her Parish Church. Her desire finally became a reality when, in 1861, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in Lyons, France. Euphrasie was soon joined by women eager to go beyond country and culture for the sake of Jesus and His liberating Good News.
The strength, the passion and the joyful perseverance which is the driving force behind the life of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions come from their conviction that they are united in Christ. They are united with Him in a bond of love. On the day of her Religious Profession A Sister of Our Lady of the Missions receives a ring on which is inscribed the words: "My beloved is mine and I am His." (Song of Songs 2:16)
In keeping with the fundamental inspiration of our Foundress we live the Divine Missions in the spirit of Mary in integrity of heart, silence, contemplation and worship, and in active charity for the salvation of all to the glory of the Father.
Our Foundress saw all apostolic activity as participating in the Divine Missions. Therefore whether we work in our own country or elsewhere we should be animated by the same missionary zeal since we share in the one missionary task.
Every Sister has the responsibility for the vitality of the Congregation and the formation of its members. We pray for vocations and support younger members as they strive to respond to the call of God. In our vocation promotion we challenge youth to a Christian response to the human issues of the world. In addition to explicit missionary animation and promotion of vocations, each Sister does this by the witness of her life.
The Formation personnel, with the Provincial Leadership, design each stage of the formation process with the Sister according to her needs, development and capabilities.
Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions
Phone: (08) 9422 7904
Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor (OLN)
Locked Bag 3100
Coogee NSW 2034
Ph: 02 9664 2005
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