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

 Save the date!

Annual Pet Blessing - THIS Saturday, October 3 at 2pm. All are welcome!

In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, we would like to invite you and your pet to our annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony. The ceremony will be held in front of the Double Barn doors at the Centennial Barn (110 Compton Rd)

Feast of St. Francis of Assis - THIS Sunday, October 4th.

Lighthouse Renewal Center - A Healing Service the first Wednesday of the month. The next Healing Service will be Wednesday, October 7 in the Fr. Hilvert Center -- St. Ignatius Parish from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Everyone is welcome.

Coffee and Conversation in Chiara Room of the Peace Center on Sunday, October 18 following the 10:00am Mass at St. Clare Chapel. What a great opportunity to meet our sisters, explore our history and share stories over coffee and refreshments. Everyone is welcome! Bring your family and friends.

"Live the Mission. Let it come alive in and through us." Those words from Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, Congregational Councilor of the US Area, summed up the presentation of “Mission Alive!”—the unveiling of the Area’s and sponsored ministries’ Mission Statements, Values, and Vision held April 21 in The Peace Center in Cincinnati.
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Painting It Forward Parties...

Rev up your creativity with a Painting It Forward Party! Local artist and Art for All People director Sarah Hellmann will guide you through creating a featured painting with simple step-by-step instructions. Bring home a masterpiece that is exclusively yours. 100% of the proceeds of Painting It forward Parties benefit Art for All People (a ministry sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.) For details and to schedule an event, please contact director Sarah Hellmann.

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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!

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