Monastery St Clare in Mur de Barrez

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The history of our monastery

The monastery of St Clare in Mur de Barrez was founded in 1653 by Lord François d’Humières. The first Poor Clare there, were three of his sisters. One of them came from the monastery of Aurillac. The nuns were in charge of girls’ education. During the French Revolution, the sisters were sent back to their families. The buildings were first used as a « common house » with barracks and prison, then as a school and after 1840, as a town hall.

Nuns of the Visitation tried to take root but didn’t succeed. The monastery of Aurillac sent five nuns in 1868 to reimplant the monastery of St Clare in Mur de Barrez in 1868. They lived with needlework but after 1945, it was not sufficent to feed the community. Two sisters then went begging in the neighbourhood and even, in the vicinity of Paris where many people of our region lived.

The monastery today

Every day our small community tries to live out fraternity joyfully and simply, according to Clare’s charism. At the present time monastic hospitality provides for the necessities of the community. Some prayer times open to everyone (Eucharist, religious services, eucharistal adoraration) gives the rhythm to our days. Meditation of God’s Word is proposed to people who want to deepen their faith.

Special features of our monastery

The monastery of St Clare in Mur de Barrez is the only one, after the French Revolution that was refounded in the buildings of the first foundation in 1653. It is situated at 800 metres, in the centre of a medieval village of 800 inhabitants, facing Aubrac and Cantal mountains. The place is ideal to contemplate the wonders of Nature.

Every summer in July, since 2012, there is a special week for families of Franciscan spirituality with conferences for adults and special activities for children in the morning and walks with the whole family in the afternoon.

Also possibility to participate in the Divine Service :

Lauds : 8.00 a.m (weekdays 7.30 a.m (on Sundays)
Eucharist : 8.30 a.m ( weekdays ) 8.00 a.m ( weekdays ) 8.00 a.m ( on Sundays)
Vespers : 6.30 p.m.
(For more details on our website).



  • Federation : St Clare
  • Diocese : Rodez
  • Ecclesiastical Province : Toulouse

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte-Claire
 2 rue de la Berque