Establishing a community of Capuchin Poor Clare Sisters in the Mid-America Province was a dream that began at the Provincial Chapter of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1986. In 1987, our community in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico agreed to establish a monastery in Denver. The canonical procedures were initiated to arrange for the new foundation.
The President of the Federation, Madre Ines Cacho, and the Abbess of the monastery in Irapuato, Madre Guadalupe Maria Cisneros, came to Denver to meet with Fr. Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. Provincial and Archbishop Stafford and look at possible housing sites. The former rectory of St. Patrick’s Church was chosen.
After a time of prayer and reflection, a group of sisters volunteered for the new foundation, and ten were selected to come to Denver to start the Monastery of Our Lady of Light.
We left our home monastery in Irapuato and arrived in Denver the night of November 17, 1988 to start our new adventure of faith in the Mile High City.
During these twenty five years, we have experienced joys and struggles, victories and losses, new life within the community, and the death of three of our sisters. At present we have eight professed sisters and one postulant in the community.