Clare defied the powerful male authority figures in her family to follow this little poor man from Assisi. She defied the wealth into which she was born to embrace a life of poverty. She defied her aristocratic status to embrace the lowly. Clare was a radical.
Clare created a community of ladies, the Poor Clares, in which sisters of both noble and poor birth prayed and worked together - something usual, even radical, at that time. Clare was the first female founder of a community that wrote her own rule and have it approved by the Pope. We are blessed to have one of Clare's sisters, our own Sr. Madeline Fitzgerald OSC, as the Spiritual Assistant to our community. Clare's legacy definitely lives on!
Pace e Bene +
Laura Chun, OFS
Minister, San Luis Rey Fraternity
Secular Franciscan Order
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
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