Monastery St Clare in Tahiti

Monastère Sainte Claire à Tahiti


The History of our Monastery

Do you know how island of Tahiti is born? It is a volcano that came out of the water and which after several centuries sank forming all around a reef ; it is this island which 4 sisters from Lennoxville discovered in 1981. Our bishop back then, Mgr Michel Coppenrath, concerned about supporting his young diocese, turned to Canada, then to Philippines with Mother Encarnacion. Her arrival in 1993 allowed the canonical erection of the monastery.

The monastery today

Early 2018, we sent on a mission 4 sisters to integrate and strengthen 2 aging communities : Lennoxville (Quebec) and Vals-les-Bains (France). It is quite an adventure for us who accompany them with our prayers.

French Polynesia with its 118 islands has 290 000 inhabitants. Young and old, boys and girls are attracted to contemplative life. Today, we are 11 sisters including a postulant and a novice. The Holy Spirit, at work in the hearts, asks that we remain open to the women whom God sends us and the environment from which they come. With them, we face the challenge of proposing our form of life as a way of happiness. Sisters shared : « I find our life excellent ! » « It is a good life to dare and risk ».

Special features of our monastery

Our contemplative life has an impact on our diocese which counts on our prayer, the testimony of our fraternal life, the service of hospitality and accompaniment.

We also journey with a Fraternity Franciscan of about thirty members.

Although far apart from any other monastery, Canada being the closest at 7 800 km, we are well informed of the events of the Church by means of internet and other documents for the contemplative and Franciscan life that we study regularly in community.

All for the Glory of GOD and HIS Kingdom.


  • Diocese : Papeete

Contact our monastery

Monastère Sainte Claire

BP 13009 – 98717 Punaauia
Tahiti – Polynésie Française