The Order

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The Poor Clares are a religious Order for women. St. Francis and St. Clare started them, in 1212, in Assisi (Italy). We are Poor Clares of Artebakarra-Derio, a single community settled in two headquarters, Saint Clare Monastery of Belorado (Burgos) and Saint Clare Monastery of Artebakarra-Derio (Bizkaia). For this reason the sisters use to exchange part of the year’s periods from the monastery of Belorado to the monastery of Artebakarra-Derio (and vice versa) with an spirit of help and in order to give continuity to these two houses, keeping alive the flame of the Gospel and following the footsteps of our Fathers, Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Receive our warmest welcome!

Greeting Welcome

Through this website the Sisters of the Order of Saint Clare (Poor Clares) we try to make ourselves present in the wide world that internet-network supplies by allowing you to know our community, our monastery and the enclave where is located.

To those who approach this virtual space we’d like to let you know information regarding our usual timetable of Prayer (which falls into different natural parts), about our Guesthouse as well as the activities that are carried out by the Sisters in the monastery.

However, this website is also a means for those who would be interested to contact us to ask a question, comment on anything or request our prayers; the community of the Poor Clares takes these petitions to our daily community prayer, our specific intercession for the needs of those who contact us asking us to support them –with our prayers- trusting in the Lord Jesus, in our Fathers Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and in the community of Saints in which we all constitute a universal fraternity.

Our monastic life is a mirror of that spirit of universal fraternity. Although we are coming from a diverse geographical, social as well as age context, our fervour in prayer, in the complete Liturgy of Hours and in the unitary work -make up as the essence of true family- our community also integrates into our hearts the hopes, the restlessness, the worries and desires of all the men and women so, we bring the whole of humanity into the orbit of Father’s love.

Our monastic life is a mirror of that spirit of universal fraternity. Although we are coming from a diverse geographical, social as well as age context, our fervour in prayer, in the complete Liturgy of Hours and in the unitary work -make up as the essence of true family- our community also integrates into our hearts the hopes, the restlessness, the worries and desires of all the men and women so, we bring the whole of humanity into the orbit of Father’s love.

Ours is a life of prayer and praise; we dedicate our moment to moment to give life to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sine glosa, this means without interpretation and essentially simple, to live the Gospel in and for our world of today.

Why Poor Clares? Simply because we own no money, own no house or land, have no fixed income or investments so, we live without our own, embracing simplicity and sharing everything in community as well as with those in need that the Lord places them at our side.

Each new day, we go deep into union with God through all His creatures and the everyday new conditions that are always a Gift of the Providence of the Father.

We feel specially moved by the singing celebration of the daily Eucharist, which is at the heart of our daily prayer.

We experience a deep reverence by Adoration of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as many hours as possible during the day. For it, the sisters try to put a side other daily chores and they use to organize a rota so -in this way- the sisters use to dedicate as long moments as possible at the Feet of the Lord, in mutual love interceding for the needs of our brothers carry them in their hearts and prayers to God and also, savouring the Words directed by the Lord Jesus to us.

Obviously our most important work is prayer, but our life includes all the ordinary chores that are needed to keep things going for our community just as people have to do for a family, which is how we regard our community. So among them, we also take care -with love and dedication- of our Monastic GuestHouse Saint Joseph (Hospederia Mon´ástica San José) taking care of our guests: cooking, housework regarding upkeeping of the rooms, ironing the bedclothes and so on.

We have a small shop -which you are very welcome to visit- where we offer chocolates, homemade by our sisters of Saint Clare’s Monastery, Belorado (Burgos). We also have arts and crafts done by the Sisters of Bethlehem (France), which are a beauty in interiority and harmony.

Receive our warmest welcome and the best wishes from your sisters of Saint Clare’s Monastery, Artebakarra-Derio.

About us and our life

In 2009 was sent out to our community of Saint Clare Monastery of Belorado (Burgos) and encouraged message (coming from our Saint Clare’s Headquarters-General Order, in Spain) with the purpose to visiting the Sisters of Saint Clare’s Monastery, established in Artebakarra-Derio. At that time, they were few and in bad physical conditions so urged us to help them.

Already in 2011, the sisters of Saint Clare’s Monastery in Artebakarra-Derio sent us a strong appeal to remain in this place (Artebakarra-Derio) living with them our contemplative vocation at the service of this Diocese, so dear for us. At that moment, the present Abbess in Belorado was Mother M. Pureza de María Lubian who is originally native of Bilbao and so, she expressed a great interest in supporting that invitation.

After further discernment, the community of Belorado voted generously agreed to help the sisters of Artebakarra-Derio. On January 9th 2012, a small group of Sisters moved in to stay stably here.

The source of inspiration that finally determined us to come here is found in the core of the Word that Lord Jesus teaches us in the Gospel by pointing to the poor widow who throws some coins in the Temple’s alms basket, He contemplates her in ecstasy, calls His disciples and says: “Look, that poor widow…she has given more alms than anyone else, because she –in need- has given what she needed to live”.

Those Words from the Gospel were significant for us so we tried to be faithful and our last doubts -regarding the prudence of making such an excessive gesture for such a small community to be unfolded in two- were dispelled.

We are a Christ-centred community resting in His Word and in His Blessing; we also continue to follow the way of life of Saint Clare wanted, filled with prayer working together. And we feel like that tiny mustard seed, which is sown the ground then, becomes a large tree to which birds come to nest in its branches.

Since then, our presence here -in this place- is being experienced by us as an offspring of God’s grace, because despite the difficulties that have come, stood in the way, we want to remain in this place.

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Our home and Location

The Poor Clare Monastery stands on the hillock of Artebakarra, which translated from Basque language means lonely oak, near Derio city (Bizkaia). It is a purpose-built modern building with all the facilities necessary to support our chosen life of work and prayer. Our Church opens regularly to the public for Mass and religious cult.

The location is surrounded by nature being part of Txorierri’s valley that means valley of birds.

We are lucky to live in a delightful countryside even though we are only near 15 km distance from Bilbao city centre.

Full address:
MONASTERY OF SAINT CLARE
San Isidro, 10 (Artebakarra)
C.P.: 48160 · Derio, Bizkaia