Welcome to the Poor Clares

The Poor Clares of Langhorne welcome you to our website. We are a contemplative community and part of the Franciscan family. Our lives are dedicated to praying for our Church and our world. We invite you to explore our website and get to know us.

Regular Mass Schedule

Monday - Saturday Mass 7:15 AM
Sunday Mass 8:15 AM

***Please note changes are sometimes necessary due to the availability of priests. These are posted on our chapel door and under the Schedule of Events on this page.

Our Community and our Monastery

Poor Clares in the United States and Pennsylvania

Countess Anna Bentivoglio was a climber! From the age of five when she climbed onto a ledge in great St. Peter's in Rome (to the horror of Count and Lady Bentivoglio!), to later life. This was the aim of her life - to climb - she would do so physically and spiritually.

Her yearning for religious life began when she followed her sister, Constance, into the Poor Clares. She longed for more austerity and asked for special penances. Then Pope Pius IX commissioned the two Bentivoglio sisters - Mother Magdalen and her sister Constance- to go to America. They first moved to Marseilles, France, were incorporated into the Poor Clares of the Primitive Rule, then on to the "New World", arriving on Columbus Day, October 12, 1875. The first established monastery of the Order of Saint Clare was in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1878.

Schedule of Events

Annual Eucharistic Devotion
40 Hours

Begins after 8:15 AM Sunday Mass 2/15/15
Chapel open to public until 5:30 PM

Monday 2/16/15
Chapel open to public 5:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Lenten Season
2/18/15 Ash Wednesday
Day of Fast & Abstinence
Ashes distributed during 7:15 AM Mass

3/19/15 Feast of St. Joseph
Mass 7:15 AM

3/25/15 Annunication of the Lord
Mass 7:15 AM

3/29/15 Passion Sunday
Mass 8:15 AM

Holy Week 3/30-4/4/15
3/30/15 Monday Mass 7:15 AM
3/31/15 Tuesday Mass 7:15 AM
4/1/15 Wednesday Mass 7:15 AM

Sacred Triduum
4/2/15 Holy Thursday 7 PM Mass
4/3/15 Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion 3 PM
4/4/15 Easter Vigil Mass TBA

4/5/15 Easter Sunday
Mass 8:15 AM

Live-in Discernment Experiences 2015
April 20-25
June 22-27
October 5-10