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

Monday, September 4, 2017
Labor Day Holiday
Mass 8:15 AM

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Mass 11 AM

September 8, 2017
40th Anniversary
Dedication of our Chapel

Mass 7:15 AM

Saturday, September 23, 2017
100th Anniversary of our Poor Clare presence in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Mass 11:00 AM
**Church of St. Andrew,
81 Swamp Rd, Newtown PA
Retired Justin Cardinal Rigali, Main Celebrant

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Transitus of St Francis 7 PM

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Solemnity of St. Francis

Mass 8:15 AM

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
All Saints Day Holy day of Obligation

8:15 AM

Thursday, November 2, 2017
All Souls Day

Mass 7:15 AM

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day

Mass 8:15 AM