- Jan 25, 2020
Poor Clares’ monastery in Tennessee quietly closes; last four nuns move on.
On the night of a full moon Sept. 13, a high Mass in Latin was celebrated in remembrance of prominent Memphis historical figure Mother Mary Agnes Magevney (1841-1891) at St. Peter Church, sponsored by the Magevney Society.
The day they celebrated the feast of St. Clare, which is Aug. 11, the sisters of the Monastery of St. Clare were applauded for all the fruits of their prayer during their last public Mass for the Catholics of Memphis.
As this school year wound down, the halls of the Jubilee Catholic Schools in Memphis, which opened 20 years ago, became still. For students, faculty and staff, it was hardly the usual end-of-the-year packing up, because when these nine schools reopen in the fall they will not be Catholic schools but charter schools.
Bishop David Talley of Memphis says his first weeks on the job have been marked by joy.
The new bishop of Memphis encouraged unity and a “new heart” for the troubled diocese during his installation Mass on Tuesday.