+ as brides of Christ, adding to the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, a fourth vow of enclosure, " "that liberating gift of the Holy Spirit which leads those who receive it over the threshold which opens upon a life of profound union with God. 20,1
+ as daughters of the Church,"distinguished by that loyal obedience to the Vicar of Christ and the holy Roman Church which so characterized our foundress." 4,1
+ as sisters united in love, "We cherish our religious habit as a sign of our consecration to God and as one of the most meaningful expressions of our shared life and ideal." Constitutions, art. 44,1
The Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in June 1986 from the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, New Mexico. Upon completion of our permanent dwelling, the chapel was dedicated and the monastery solemnly blessed on December 8, 1989.
The structure of our building, the round chapel crowned with the cross-form monastery living quarters, well serves our simple, cloistered lifestyle and also bears eloquent material witness to the Poor Clares' contemplative vocation, a life of prayer and penance offered for all the world in union with the saving sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
Our monastery is under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe who confided to St. Juan Diego when she appeared to him in 1531: "I am a merciful Mother to all who love and trust me and call upon me."
Dedicated to a life of worshipful love, our daily life is:
+ centered on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament;
+ enriched by daily participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy;
+ rooted in the sevenfold sacrifice of praise which is the Divine Office.
"I will speak to her heart,"
God said through
the mouth of His prophet. Generous and joyful responding to the call
to "go apart" with the Lord in silence and solitude, prayer and
penance, opens the contemplative's heart to embrace the needs and concerns
of the world.
Young women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five, with exceptions made where there is good reason, are eligible as applicants to our Order. Normal good health, a high school education, and the proper qualities of mind and heart are the other broad requisites. We ask no dowry of our postulants other than that of the desire to make their lives a total gift of God.