Monastery St Clare in Bastia

Monastery St Clare in Bastia


The History of our Monastery

After the first foundation of the Poor Clares in Bastia, Corsica on 1560, closed during the French Revolution, a second monastery was founded on 1851. A young lady who hails from Sartene, Corsica entered the Monastery of Poor Clares in Marseille, France, elected abbess later, begun the refoundation of Poor Clares in her native land, an island already marked by Franciscan spirit.

During the Second World War, the monastery was partially destroyed by bombings and shellings in the city, constrained the sisters to take refuge in a Franciscan convent in Lavasina.

After the liberation, the sisters returned to the monastery on the 30th October 1944, and thereafter, the renovation of the monastery followed the year after.

The monastery today

The monastery of Poor Clares in Bastia housed a community of 8 sisters who continue to live their mission of prayer, work and hospitality [spiritual vacation with the Lord], in joyful and mutual reciprocity according to the Form of Life of Saint Clare of Assisi.

Special features of our monastery

The monastery is situated in a beautiful touristic island, the “Corsica Island” in the Mideterranean Sea, reachable by plane or by boat. The community is inter-cultural, representing the 3 continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.
The community welcomes guests and visitors from springtime to the end of October.
The sisters sell marmalades of citrus fruits of their garden.

Community Prayer Schedule during week days :

A.M. 5:30 – Office of Readings
6:00 – Adoration / Personal Prayer
7:00 – Morning Prayer (Laudes)
7:40 – Eucharistic Mass
8:15 – Mid-Morning Office
12:00 – Midday Office
P.M. 3:15 – Mid-Afternoon Office
3:30 – Lectio Divina
5:00 – Evening Prayer(Vêpres)
5:30 – Adoration / Personal Prayer
8:00 – Rosary
8:30 – Night Prayer (Compline)



  • Federation : Our Lady of the Angels
  • Diocese : Ajaccio
  • Ecclesiastical Province : Marseille

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte Claire
Montée Sainte Claire
20 200 BASTIA