Monastery St. Clare

As the sun rises on the Monastery St. Clare, the sisters go about their daily routine in quiet prayer and peaceful co-existence with nature. The sister’s business . . . . prayer.

The design encourages a contemplative journey and knits together the chapel, work areas and private quarters. Clasped praying hands inspired the chapel’s oval form. Supporting this inspiration is flooring with a warm wood finish, soft acoustics and easy maintenance. A translucent altar wall and glass block punched windows glisten during the daytime and sparkle at night. The contemplative private chapel is softened with cushioned carpet, patterned with a leaf inspired design.

This is the only Poor Clare Monastery in the United States to earn LEED certification (LEED Silver), how cutting edge and appropriate for a small group of elderly nuns who survive on donations, are the caretakers of their entire community and desire “to live in harmony with nature and leave the world a better place.” 

About 2 years after project completion, Bonitz returned to assist with the installation of a "hearing loop" in the main living area.