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Hearkening to God's Voice

Poor Clare Monastery
Poor Clare Monastery of the Immaculate Conception,
Palos Park, Illinois

Nestled on a wooded tract of land just southwest of Chicago is the monastery of the Poor Clare Nuns. Built in 2003, the monastery was dedicated by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George.

What has the modern world to do with the silent Nuns who dwell within? An early biographer of the Poor Clares in America has answered, "Everything. They are but secluded from earthly noise, that they may more attentively hearken to God's voice calling on the whole communion of the faithful on earth and in heaven to love Him and to be His instruments in saving His straying children."

Chapel at the Monastery

Since those who become the absolute property of God, become God's gift to all, the life of nuns is truly a gift set at the heart of the mystery of ecclesial communion... A contemplative monastery is a gift also for the local Church to which it belongs, representing what is most intimate to a local Church—its heart, where supplication and thanksgiving rise unceasingly.

Verbi Sponsa
Vatican document on the contemplative life


Holy Mass: 7 a.m. daily
     (8:00 a.m. on Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
     8:30 to 5:00 p.m. Sundays and First Fridays
     1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays

Benediction: 5:00 p.m. (preceded by Rosary and Vespers)
Sunday, Thursday, and First Friday

Best times to call or visit:
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring us your prayer intentions and visit our chapel and gift shop.

The Poor Clare Sisters
12210 South Will Cook Road
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 361-1810

Map of Poor Clare Monastery

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