On December 8, 1854 in Rome, Pope Pius XI declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That very same day, a new Franciscan Religious Order was founded in Paris, France by Mother Marie de Ste. Claire. This newly consecrated spouse of Christ united the Franciscan form of life ‘according to the Gospel,’ with a mission of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a spirit of reparative thanksgiving. Mother Marie de Ste. Claire was inspired by the account of St. Luke’s gospel of the ten lepers, with only one returning to give thanks to our Lord. Desiring to adore, console and magnify God and the great goodness He has shown by giving Himself to us in the Eucharist, our foundress passed on to her daughters the great privilege of offering unremitting thanksgiving to Jesus, solemnly exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. Thus a religious community, which would one day be known as the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration began, rooted in the simplicity of Franciscan gospel life, the ardor of Eucharistic Love, and under the protection of Mary Immaculate.
In 2008, two Solemnly Professed Sisters from OLAM helped to re-open our cradle monastery in Troyes, France where Mother Marie de Ste. Clare is buried.