On the weekend of 10,11 August, the Poor Clare Sisters had the joy of welcoming the Papal Nuncio, Most Rev. Archbishop Charles J. Brown who joined them in the celebration of the Feast Day of their founder St. Clare of Assisi.
His Excellency presided at Evening Prayer and a simple ceremony of the Transitus of St. Clare in the Monastery chapel on the vigil of the feast – an intimate setting where the final hours of St. Clare’s life were recalled and celebrated with gratitude. The following morning, Sunday 11th His Excellency, was Chief Celebrant at the 7.45 a.m. Mass, along with concelebrants Fr. Liam Kelly, O.F.M. Guardian of the Ennis Fraternity, Fr. Caoimhin O Laoide, O.F.M., and Fr. Tom Hogan, Administrator in the Ennis Parish.
The Papal Nuncio’s homily was well received by the Sisters who heard him speak with great familiarity and appreciation of St. Clare’s gift/charism to the Church. This charism is as relevant for our Church today as it was in the time of St. Clare over 800 years.
The Mass was well attended and the congregation had the surprise and privilege of meeting with the Papal Nuncio at the end of Mass. It was truly a privilege to have his presence among us.