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

SAVE THE DATE! OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:30 to 4:00 PM with guided tours at 1:30 and 3:00 PM.
Learn firsthand what living a Consecrated Life means today and how the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor with "their feet on the streets"
have been ministering to those who are poor and marginalized for more than 170 years!
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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 further information to rent St. Clare Chapel for a wedding contact Sr. Karen Hartman, SFP at 513-761-9040 x 207 or alternatively at

The Centennial Barn -- a perfect place for your reception. Please call Rose Aleman at 513- 761-1697 to explore the possibility of using the Centennial Barn for your Wedding Reception!