Poor Clare Nuns

28210 Natoma Rd
Los Altos Hills CA 94022
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 7am-5pm
  • Tue: 7am-5pm
  • Wed: 7am-5pm
  • Thu: 7am-5pm
  • Fri: 7am-5pm
  • Sat: 7am-5pm
  • Sun: 7am-5pm

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<p>The Poor Clares are a Catholic religious order of women who follow the ideals of Saint Clare of Assisi. These 16 cloistered nuns, part of a larger network in the Franciscan order, live a contemplative life of prayer, on behalf of individuals, the community, and the world.</p> <p>Prayer is the main work of the nuns,&nbsp;six times a day, plus once in the middle of the night. They receive prayer requests from members of the public for many things&mdash;illnesses, job stresses, &nbsp;challenges&mdash;"anything weighing on them," &nbsp;said Mother Vicaress Colette in an interview. &nbsp;Prayer intentions, or requests can be made in person at the monastery, by phone and by letter and&mdash;a rarity nowadays&mdash;the nuns answer each one. The nuns, however,&nbsp;do not have e-mail, Mother Colette said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The public can join the nuns in prayer throughout the day in the chapel. &nbsp;Holy Mass is said at 7am daily, and the set of daily prayers known as the Divine Office, are open to the public.&nbsp;A blog has been set up for the Poor Clares of Los Altos Hills at <a href="http://poorclares.wordpress.com">www.poorclares.wordpress.com</a>&nbsp;which contains basic information, but not constantly updated information.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a small shop at the office, where one can purchase religious items and cards made by the Poor Clares.</p>