Monastery St Clare at Paray-le-Monial

Monastery St Clare at Paray-le-Monial


The History of our Monastery

Eight Clarisses arrived from the monastery of Périgueux on 19th August 1878 to start a new home of prayer with the Heart of Jesus. A small plant of the Franciscan tree rooted in the city of the Heart of Jesus, this is the tone of the Monastery St Clare at Paray-le-Monial.

The monastery today

The community now has 17 sisters, two of whom are Vietnamese, one from Reunion, one Belgian, and we are delighted to welcome a sister from Africa or Madagascar periodically for a time of revitalization.
Our life as Clarisse is shared between prayer and work, fraternal life and intercession in a world that joins us in our deepest questioning.

Our chapel is open to all pilgrims wishing to share our prayer : the Eucharist is celebrated at 9 a.m. on weekdays and at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays ; we sing laudes at 7 a.m. every day and vespers at 6.15 p.m. on weekdays, at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

A few reception rooms allow us to receive young people wishing to live a time of retreat or discovery of our monastic life following St. Clare who came to snuggle up in the wound of the Heart of Jesus like the dove in the hollow of the rock.

Special features of our monastery

Our founder was a missionary at heart and the foundation of Monastery St Clare at Paray-le-Monial was followed by that of Nazareth and Jerusalem among others. This missionary fibre persists in the fraternal ties forged especially with our sisters from Democratic Congo, Vietnam and Madagascar.



  • Federation : Our Lady of the Angels
  • Diocese : Autun
  • Ecclesiastical Province : Dijon

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte-Claire
9,avenue de Béthléem