The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, U.S. Area

ADVENT -  November 1st  is the first Sunday of Advent. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has developed an interactive Advent Calendar so as to follow along with various Advent suggestions. Let's do "unwrap" the gifts of Advent: peace, courage, playfulness and hope!

Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent - Saturday, December 5, 9:00am-12 Noon presented by Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND. (Peace Center) For more information and to RSVP call Joan: 513-761-9040x112

Lighthouse Renewal Center - A Healing Service with Mass: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 7:30pm, St. Ignatius Church, 5222 N. Bend Rd., Monfort Heights. Personal prayer for healing will be available during the Healing Service. Healing includes the physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological and relational aspects of our lives. It is not limited to a physical cure. Come and experience Jesus' healing power. On behalf of Lighoutse Community and Sr. Christine Edwards, SFP, you and your family are invited to the Healing Service Mass. For more information: 513-471-LITE (5483).

Adoration - The first Friday of the Month
after Mass until 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome!



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St. Clare Chapel


The mission of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor is to heal the wounds of Christ through love and service, especially to the poor and needy. The Sisters arrived in the United States in 1858 and constructed St. Clare Convent and Chapel in 1895.

The Chapel is the spiritual heart of the convent where the Sisters, who live in community there, spend time in prayer and contemplation. Mass is celebrated at 10:00 a. m. on Sundays.  This liturgical service is open to the people from the local community.

The Sisters graciously share the Chapel  for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony.  The Sisters remember in their prayers the couples who celebrate their wedding in the Chapel.

St. Clare Chapel is a stunning Catholic Sanctuary resting on 35 acres of gorgeous landscape at 60 Compton Road in Hartwell. This historic chapel is the hidden gem of St. Clare Convent, home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. 

Catholic and non-denominational weddings can be celebrated in the chapel with the necessary approval of the Archbishop of Cincinnati.  Tours can be scheduled by appointment. The stone and brick chapel can accommodate up to 200 guests and is fully heated and air-conditioned. Beautiful stained glass windows, gorgeous arches throughout, and a recently restored organ are just a few of the features that make St. Clare Chapel so wonderfully picturesque.

The Centennial Barn, a beautifully restored barn with all modern amenities, is located on the grounds of St. Clare Convent. It is a perfect location for your reception following your wedding in the chapel.

For more information to rent St. Clare Chapel for a wedding please contact Jo Koch at 513-761-9040 x 207.

For more information to rent the Centennial Barn ( for your wedding reception, please contact Mayo Woody at 513-761-1697 x 8111.

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