poor clares

Friary blessed with veteran priest’s cheerful presence

Franciscan Father Bernardine Hahn enjoys keeping a prayerful presence at St. Anthony’s Friary in south St. Louis. In his assignments, including as a chaplain at the Poor Clares in south St. Louis County, he was known for his evangelizing spirit, simple joy and peaceful presence.

The Franciscan Friary on Meramec Street in south St. Louis is a happy place, perhaps due in part to the smiles and wise observations of a priest with 72 years of experience, having served as a pastor, pastoral assistant and chaplain in Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas.

Holy hour for priestly and religious vocations with Poor Clares

A holy hour for priestly and religious vocations will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Poor Clares' Monastery of St. Clare, 200 Marycrest Drive in Oakville. To learn more about the life of a Poor Clare nun, see a St. Louis Review video at www.stlouisreview.com/Tkr. 

A short connection to Christ

Sister Mary Therese is a Poor Clare sister who has been assigned as cook in the monastery. This is the second time she has been in this duty, which lasts for a three-year term. She mixed up a batch of muffins in the monastery kitchen.

Her I.D. number seemed out of place on the list to meet with the professor of her biology class at Texas A&M. Professors usually met with students struggling with the material or with school in general, not high-achievers such as then-sophomore Julie Lavery.

Turned out that the professor wanted to meet with a good student and talk about her plans at A&M, as opposed to her usual meetings with students "who are in danger of dropping out of college," she told Lavery.

But Lavery dropped a bombshell after hearing that little nugget.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Poor Clares: 800 years of beseeching the protection of Jesus

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal during a fundraising dinner at St. Raymond. The choir of Sts. Teresa and Bridget, who are featured in the 2015 appeal video, sang gospel songs and posed in a photograph with the Archbishop.To learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal and watch the video, visit www.archstl.org/aca.

"As lightning races down the lightning rod, (so) graces flow from heaven to earth through St. Clare's monasteries."

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