Sister Mary Clare of Our Lady’s Assumption, 86, dies

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Poor Clare Sister Mary Clare of Our Lady's Assumption died Jan. 20 at the age of 86 surrounded by her fellow sisters at the Poor Clare Monastery in Alexandria.

After making her religious profession in 1952, Sister Mary Clare spent more than 66 years as a Poor Clare sister in both New Mexico and Virginia. She first came to the Diocese of Arlington along with a group of sisters in 1977 to start a new Poor Clare monastery near St. Louis Church in Alexandria.

During her years as a sister she served her community as a counselor, novice mistress and organist. She also enjoyed teaching the younger sisters about the history of the order and especially enjoyed teaching them Gregorian Chant.

In a statement released by the community, the sisters recalled Sister Mary Clare as being an outstanding example of patience and faithfulness.

"We recall all that she taught us about acceptance of suffering in her living with rheumatoid arthritis much of her life. Her spirit is with us and spurs us on to more ardent community living. We thank you, Lord, for having created her."

There will be a wake for Sister Mary Clare at the Poor Clare Chapel Jan. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m.,followed by the rosary and night prayer.

Sister Mary Clare's funeral Mass will be Friday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. in the chapel. She will be buried in the Poor Clare Mausoleum during a private ceremony.

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