The vow of enclosure is a religious vow taken by some Poor Clares in addition to the three religious vows of obedience, poverty and chastity.[1]


When a Poor Clare takes this vow, she may not leave the monastery except for doctor's appointments, civil duties, or emergencies. The sisters known as "extern sisters" do not take this vow in order to be able to handle some of the community's needs outside the papal enclosure.

The Poor Clares constitute the second branch of the Franciscan Order, founded in the thirteenth century by St. Clare under the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi.[2]


  1. ^ "Poor Clare vow of enclosure". Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  2. ^ "Poor Clare | religious order". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-06-06.