Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love. 

- St. Clare of Assisi

A Vocation

Your vocation, your God-given calling, is an incredible gift. Whether you believe that marriage is God’s design for your life, or if you feel drawn to investigate religious life – God is seeking you! He has a definite plan for your life, one that will ask for your own self-gift, but one that will ultimately fulfill you.

If you are pondering the question, is God calling me to give myself to Him?, do not be afraid. His grace will guide you as you seek to know His will. You are welcome to contact our vocation director if you are interested in more information on our community. Know that we will pray for you.

Resources: Verbi Sponsa | The Contemplative Dimension of Religious Life | Imagine Sisters | Women Made New | Readings: Spiritual Motherhood | Veiled in Mystery | Writings of St. Francis


IMG 9147-cThe Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration (P.C.P.A.) are a Pontifical Contemplative Order of Cloistered Nuns with the privilege of Solemn Vows, Papal Enclosure, and Solemn Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We are part of the Second Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Our lives are totally consecrated to Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed in the Monstrance in our Monastery Chapel. Each sister is privileged to have a daily hour of Adoration and also a few hours of night Adoration each week.

A Franciscan vocation is a call to serve God in simplicity and joy of heart.  By the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience the heart is set free of earthly attachments and is able more easily to concentrate on living the Gospel as exemplified in the life of our Holy Father Francis and Holy Mother Clare.

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Stages in Religious Life

santa chiara 1Aspirancy

A young woman’s discernment with the community begins with a week-long aspirancy. She spends this time living the horarium of the nuns, spending time with Our Lord in adoration and meeting with the Sisters who work in formation.  During her stay, the aspirant stays outside the enclosure, but within the monastery and is able to take part in the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours in the main chapel.

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St. Clare of Assisi's Conversion

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare – Midnight Flight & Espousal to Christ

The “Door of the Dead” was blocked with many stones beams of wood. This infamous door was only used when the dead body of a family member was removed from the house, never to be seen again. Little did the sleeping family members know, but this night the one in whom so much hope was placed, the one whose beauty was unparalleled, and the one whose future they carefully planned would “die” a noble death.

Clare (whose name means “light”), the prized eighteen year old daughter of the illustrious Offreduccio’s, was to die this night to the world and begin her life anew in Christ. This night would prove to be the night of her Nuptials, and the Bridegroom was perfect in every way. This night she would leave the wealth of the world for the poverty that enriched her soul and a myriad of other souls.


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Join in the Joy

If you feel you may have a vocation to our life of adoration and contemplation in the rich Clarian tradition of humility and service then please contact our Vocation Directress.

Te Deum Laudamus!

Our Lady of the Angels

3222 County Road 548,
Hanceville, AL 35077

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How do you know you have a vocation?

  A vocation to the religious life and in particular to contemplative life, is a special call. It cannot be explained, only accepted.

is-god-calling-me-olamnuns-200It is a silent voice whose urging creates within the soul a burning desire to know God, to be with God, to serve God and completely dedicate one's total self to God.

It is not something the soul decides.  It is an acceptance of a choice made by God.  It is a courageous gesture of love on the part of the soul and an outpouring of merciful love on the part of God.       

- Mother M. Angelica, PCPA

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  Men climb mountains, scale heights, venture into the unexplored to prove to other men it can be done. This is the witness of today's disciples -- they provide a needed witness that holiness is possible in today's world because there is one whose Indwelling Presence accomplishes the difficult, the impossible and the miraculous -- a change of life, ideals and goals.  

- Mother M. Angelica, PCPA

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