Monastery of St Clare in Tours

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The History of our Monastery

On the 5th November, 1920, seven religious from the Diocese of Plymouth in Cornwall (the monastery of Sclerder, founded by the monastery of Rennes at the moment of the First World War) returned to France and were welcomed into the Diocese of Tours by Mgr Negre, the Bishop at the time. They settled at 122 Boulevard Herteloup in a small house in the centre of the town.
Vocations flocked to the monastery ; the premises became too small.

Thanks to generous benefactors, the community acquired a property to the north of Tours, “the Clos St Yves”. Necessary work was carried out and on the 18th March 1928, the new Monastery of St Clare in Tours was erected.

The monastery today

Seven sisters continue our life of praise and intercession in the service of the Church and in communion with all our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We are now in a small monastery which was built on a plot of land of the former monastery and is better adapted to our needs.

The other part of the land is occupied by the “Maison St Clare” which accommodates elderly priests of the Diocese and the elderly sisters of a religious congregation.




  • Federation : St Damien
  • Diocese : Tours
  • Ecclesiastical Province : Tours

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte-Claire
24 bis rue du Pas-Notre-Dame
37 100 TOURS