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Inspired by a Child

Since 1999, Mother Joan Clare has cared for abandoned, abused, and severely disabled children at Queen of Peace Orphanage in the Philippines—and her work was all inspired by a tiny, starving child she found in Jamaica.

Mother Joan carries out the important work of caring for the poor in the Philippines
Mother Joan carries out the important work of caring for the poor in the Philippines

Just as Mother Joan was preparing to retire from 50 years of teaching, the Lord intervened. While making a home visit to a family in Jamaica, Mother Joan discovered a small child cowering underneath a bush. He was alone, with no parents or siblings, and so hungry that he had literally chewed away his own fingers.

At that moment, Mother Joan thought, “I think I’m retiring, but the Lord is showing me he still has work for me to do.”

On September 5, 1997, Mother Joan Clare arrived in the Philippines to begin her service in Naga City with the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (once the Missionaries of the Poor—Sisters).

As she stepped off the plane, she was informed that Mother Teresa had passed away that very day. Mother Joan bowed her head and promised the Lord that the important work of caring for the poor would continue through her.

Indeed, Mother Joan has carried on a legacy of service. Thanks to support from generous Catholics through Cross International Catholic Outreach, she and the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are making a huge difference, especially among the children at Queen of Peace.

With every child she feeds, clothes, and shares the message of Christ with, Mother Joan is answering God’s call to serve, love, and minister to the poorest among us.

“Queen of Peace gives these children a future, gives them hope,” she said. “It allows them to live in peace and in the light of God.”

Please pray for Mother Joan and the precious children at Queen of Peace Orphanage. To learn more about Queen of Peace and see how can help the children there, please click here.

One comment
  1. Celia Leal da C.Genovez

    I am deeply moved by the work and Call of Sister Joan! Indeed, Mother Teresa was at her side when she found the little child alone! We all need to give some help to Mother Joan. I wish I could do something on her behalf. Please contact me and see what can I do for you! The miracle who brough the Pope to proclaim my Founding Mother of my Congregation: Collège de L´Assomption , from France, Saint Marie Eugénie de Jesus, came from the Phillipines too.!

    God Bless you all, and Mother Joan. May the children be happy and fed with food and Our Lord´s Spirit!

    Very truly yours,
    Célia Leal

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