Priory centre of world visit

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Nuns from Austria and Germany, Zambia, France, Scotland, Poland, England and Ireland spent the day at Clare Priory recently.

The 15 nuns were celebrating the founding of their original congregation in Paris 150 years ago.

As followers of the Rule of St Augustine, they are united with the Augustinian friars who first came to Clare from Tuscany in 1248.

Prior of Clare, Father Ian Wilson said: “It was a great joy to have the sisters at the Priory, and to hear about their search for closer collaboration between their congregations.”

Sister Mary Mangan, English congregation leader at Chigwell Convent in Essex said: “We visited Clare Priory to absorb the spirituality of the oldest Augustinian foundation in the country, and to hold a meeting to explore possibilities for future collaboration in our work.

“The English sisters began to renew their earlier friendships with the other congregations on the continent in the 1950s.” She added: “We wanted to learn more about our roots and deepen our working together with Jesus Christ and the poor.”