Information about St. Claire Monastery
St. Claire Monastery
St. Claire Monastery, also known as the Poor Clare Monastery of Saint James the Apostle is located at Brgy. Nancapian, Malasiqui, Pangasinan. Considered the first and only cloistered convent in the entire province of Pangasinan, the St. Claire Monastery was inaugurated in 2012. Since then, it became a pilgrimage site, especially on the Lenten Season, and a new center of prayer for both locals and tourists.
St. Claire is known as the patron of couples who are childless and want to have children, and good weather. The saint serves as the patron of Europe and of many places in the country. She live a simple life serving the poor and founded the Order of Poor Ladies later renamed the Order of Saint Claire. She was canonized on September 25, 1255, in Rome by Pope Alexander IV. Her feast day is celebrated on August 11.
The two-hectare grassland houses a white Church and a Monastery which serves as the house of religious contemplative nuns who pray for the sanctification of priests. These nuns offer intense prayers cultivated in silence and solitude with a vow of strict separation from the affairs of the external world. Their contemplative lives are greatly valued in the Church and the world and was labeled as the “Powerhouse of the Church.”
Built beside the Monastery is the Church where daily masses are held. It is said that the masses are sung by the nuns themselves. There is also the miraculous image of St. James the Apostle that attracted much attention because of the great accounts of answered prayers and miracles for devotees who make personal devotion and petition to his image.
How to get there
Bus travel is the most well-liked method of getting to Pangasinan because there are so many bus terminals that handle the Manila-Pangasinan route. From there, take a jeepney or a tricycle to Malasiqui. Then, walk or commute to the parish. You can also join guided tours in Pangasinan.
Best time to visit
This religious site is open to the public daily.