Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From Imperia: consecration of virgins...

Some of the clergy and some of the newly consecrated sisters. Notice the unique carving of the choir stalls. And notice the sisters with bare feet and the crowns of thorns. Be inspired.
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Anonymous said...

Yes, these are the cloistered branch of the Immacolata Franciscan Orders (Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immacolata(or the Immaculate depending if you use the Italian or English), and the Poor Clares of the Immaculate (or Clarisse dell'Immacolata).

These are the Poor Clares of the entirely new branch of the Poor Clare family (actually there in reality are about 10 distinct Poor Clare Orders)
the Original Observance founded by St. Francis and Clare (with about 10,000 nuns across the globe)
the Poor Clare Colletines (about 1,100- founded by St. Colette of Corbie, France in the 15th century)
the Franciscan Conceptionistas (founded by St. Beatrice da Silva in the 15th century....known as the "White Poor Clares" because of their habit.
the Sacramentine Poor Clares (about 1,000 nuns) mostly in Italy and France.
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (about 1,200 nuns in 12 countries-Mother Angelica's nuns).
Poor Clares of the Annunziata (a tiny Italian branch with unfortunatly only about 35 nuns....founded in the 16th century- 2-3 cloisters in Italy-the Blue Franciscans).
Clarisse de le Precieux Sangue (Poor Clares of the Precious Blood--founded in France about 15 years ago as a Tridentine Latin Mass community (originally SSPX), wear beautiful burgundy-red versions of the traditional Poor Clare habit. About 55-60 nuns in 2-3 houses in France..and soon 1 in Italy.
and now the Clarisse dell'Immacolata pictured here....hopefully growing, and by far one of the most beautiful habits in the Catholic world.

Anonymous said...

These aren't the Poor Clares of the Immaculate. These are sisters from the contemplative branch of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate (FI). They are two different groups.
Franciscans of the Immaculate include FI friars, FI sisters, FI contemplative sisters, and Poor Clares of the Immaculate...and also Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate (forming in the US)