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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monasterio de Sta Clara, Katipunan

The Monasterio de Sta Clara (St Clare Monastery) is located along C-5 Road in Katipunan, Quezon City. I visited it a few days ago. I was in Marikina City that day and I decided to visit the famous monastery.

From Marikina Town Proper, I rode a jeep to Cubao and drop off to C-5 Road in Katipunan. Its a few meters away from the Katipunan Station of the LRT Line 2. I walked on an overpass to the other side of the road and followed the path where vendors are selling eggs wrapped in colorful cellophane.


The Monasterio de Sta Clara is one of those places of prayer where you will really find peace and tranquility (same as St Pio Chapel in Libis). There are statues to Saint Francis and Saint Clare. At a distance, I thought I’m seeing the entrance to the chapel, but it turns out to be the rear wall of the chapel.

There are lots of photocopied novena to Saint Clare lying around her statue. I took one, copied it, and posted it here on this blog.

Saint Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253, born Chiara Offreduccio and sometimes spelled Clair, Claire, etc.) is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life, the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares. (Wikipedia)


Eggs are donated to the sisters residing at the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City. It’s wrapped in colorful cellophane with each color representing certain prayer.


Is this the logo of the Order of St Clare?


Statue of Saint Francis near the entrance of the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City.



Copies of the Novena to Saint Clare are left at the foot of St Clare’s statue.


The chapel at the Monasterio de Sta Clara. It’s very… serene and spiritual. The same feeling I had when I visited the Chapel of St Pio in Libis, Quezon City.



The statue of Saint Clare at the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City.

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