Monastery of St. Clara’s Sisters
This is the first and only Monastery of the Second Saint Franciscan Order not only in Lithuania but also in the Baltic States. St. Clara’s sisters live a contemplative lifestyle and are very God-fearing: their daily life is dedicated for prayers from the early morning to late hour. Clara’s sisters earn their living from their work and the grace of God received through benefactors. They communicate with people through prayers and canticles. They can leave the monastery only where this is essential, i.e. when they have to pay taxes, visit doctors etc. As the sisters observe the convent requirements, they communicate with their relatives in a special room, i.e. reception room.
Address: Mėguvos Str. 34, Kretinga
Phone (8 445) 79 323
Sacred Heart Franciscan Missionary Congregation
The sisters teach religion at school, those sisters who have medical education visit elderly people, people suffering from diseases in poor families. The main purpose of the sisters is to pray for the spread of the Good News in the world and to be directly engaged in evangelical activity through active cooperation in the pastoral work of the parish, the educational mission, and in the care of abandoned children and old people. The congregation is multinational.
Address: Vilniaus Str. 3, Kretinga
Phone (8 445) 55 108
Order of Friars Minor Annunciation Monastery
The origins of Kretinga Town are also associated with establishment of the monastery. In 1602, a famous soldier Jonas Karolis Chodkevičius established a bernardine (Franciscan Observant) monkhood, which was trusted to take care of the first church of Kretinga and the pastoral care of its residents. During the period of 1605–1617, he built a complex of the church and monastery buildings. As of 1912, Kretinga monastery was the spiritual and administrative centre of the Franciscans of Lithuania. In 1940, the Soviet authorities closed the monastery, but the Franciscan brothers, who returned to Kretinga during the times of the Revival, continued the missionary and educational activity. The Franciscans activated the town’s life by organising festivals of the town, i.e. St. Anthony’s feast, a Mass on Christmas Night and poetry evenings.
Address: Vilniaus Str. 2, Kretinga
Phone ( 8 445 ) 76 373, 8 6 8630227
Mother Teresa’s Sisters Monastery
Official name: Congregation of Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters. The Mother Teresa’s sisters came to Kretinga in 1991. They visit poor families, provide temporary shelter, help homeless people to find a permanent place of residence. Their purpose is to help, save and lead to sanctity the poorests of the poor, recognise the presence of God in them.
Address: Laisvės Str. 30, Kretinga.
Phone (8 445 ) 78 529
Home of Franciscan Sisters of of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Perpetual Help
The sisters are engaged in the activities of the parish, teach children religion in general education schools. The main purpose is Glory of God and merciful works of a close person, love, soul and body, apostleship among youth and adults, and catechising. The vision of the congregation is to make this home like a Noah’s Ark for those who are in need of spiritual refreshment, peace of soul and renewal.
Address: Pušyno Str. 2, Kretinga.
Phone 8445 77 148.