In 1962 Sister Elizabeth Marie Klepec shared her dream of having a contemplative dimension for the congregation with Mother Borromeo.
In 1967 a formal proposal for establishing a house of prayer was offered. The proposal was approved at the chapter in 1968.
After extensive research and negotiations with the Diocese of Joliet and some house renovations, the founding sisters (Elizabeth Marie Klepec, Agnes Ferber, Laura Filipas and Frances Osterhaus) moved into the renovated farm house on the banks of the Kankakee River on Aug. 20, 1969.
A small, modest, three-bedroom farmhouse was acquired on the banks of the Kankakee River, and where the living room would serve as the chapel.
Expansion began in 1975 with an addition that included a chapel, retreat wing and conference rooms. In time, two hermitages were added to the property. The house of prayer/retreat ministry continued for 39 years in Kankakee.
In the summer of 2008 the Kankakee house closed and its contemplative prayer ministry reopened in Joliet on Indianwood Lane.
Three years later St. Clare House of Prayer moved to the Village at Our Lady of Angels. The ministry at St. Clare’s centers on contemplative prayer, community and outreach to others.
St. Clare House of Prayers deceased core members: Sisters Agnes Ferber, Charles Marie Fahrenbach, Mary Lukas, Frances Osterhaus, Angela Radak, Lillian Zenz, Eileen Bannon, Clarence Golla