Sr. Subha Clare, OSF, professes perpetual vows as a Heading Avenue Franciscan

Sister Subha Clare, OSF, is pictured with Bishop Louis Tylka after professing perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 15 at the West Peoria motherhouse.

Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, professed her perpetual vows as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans) on Oct. 15 at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria.

The vow ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka.

In the name of the congregation, Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, president, received Sister Subha Clare’s perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Sister Subha Clare — who serves as co-spiritual director of the Peoria Diocesan Cursillo and as development director for the Heading Avenue Franciscans — received a ring symbolizing her commitment to God, her community, and the church.

Born in Chennai, India, to Mahalingham and Seetha Ramachandran, Sister Subha Clare immigrated with her family to the United States when she was about 4. The family first lived in New York City and then Monroeville, Alabama.

Raised as a Hindu, she was baptized as a Christian in 1981 while studying at the University of Alabama. After graduate school, she spent 30 years in corporate life, working with retailers around the country.

She entered the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manhattan and was confirmed Subha Clare at the Easter Vigil in 2015. She was a member of the RCIA team at St. Francis of Assisi until she moved to Peoria to join the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, entering the community on Nov. 27, 2017.

Sister Subha Clare was received into the novitiate on Nov. 20, 2018, and professed first vows on Nov. 15, 2020.

In the past three years, she earned a master of arts degree in Christian Spirituality and a certification in spiritual and retreat direction from Creighton University. In addition to her duties with Cursillo and her community, Sister Subha Clare is a spiritual and retreat director.

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