Welcome to the Poor Clares

The Poor Clares of Langhorne welcome you to our website. We are a contemplative community and part of the Franciscan family. Our lives are dedicated to praying for our Church and our world. We invite you to explore our website and get to know us.

Regular Mass Schedule
**REVISED Beginning October 2, 2017**

Monday - Saturday Mass 8:00 AM

***Please note changes are sometimes necessary due to the availability of priests. These are posted on our chapel door and under the Schedule of Events on this page.

Our Community and our Monastery

Poor Clares in the United States and Pennsylvania

Countess Anna Bentivoglio was a climber! From the age of five when she climbed onto a ledge in great St. Peter's in Rome (to the horror of Count and Lady Bentivoglio!), to later life. This was the aim of her life - to climb - she would do so physically and spiritually.

Her yearning for religious life began when she followed her sister, Constance, into the Poor Clares. She longed for more austerity and asked for special penances. Then Pope Pius IX commissioned the two Bentivoglio sisters - Mother Magdalen and her sister Constance- to go to America. They first moved to Marseilles, France, were incorporated into the Poor Clares of the Primitive Rule, then on to the "New World", arriving on Columbus Day, October 12, 1875. The first established monastery of the Order of Saint Clare was in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1878.

Schedule of Events


Weekday Masses Monday-Saturday 8:00 AM (Except as noted below):

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
Fr. Frank Berna, celebrant

Christmas Day, Monday 12/25/17
Mass 9:00 AM

Msgr. William O'Donnell, celebrant

Mass times for the Octave of Christmas
December 26-31, 2017

Tuesday, 12/26 Mass 11 AM
Fr. Brian Kean
Wednesday, 12/27 Mass 11 AM
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald
Thursday, 12/28 Mass 11 AM
Fr. Patrick Whittle TOR
Friday, 12/29 Mass 11 AM
Fr. Bernard Taglianetti
Saturday 12/30 Mass 8 AM
Fr. William Kirk
Sunday, 12/31 Mass 8:15 AM
Msgr William O'Donnell

**Monday, January 1, 2018
Mass 8:15 AM

Fr. Dennis Gill
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
**NOT a Holy Day of Obligation in 2018