A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Lenten Retreat with Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

It's been a few days since I've blogged, and it was a bid providential/coincidental that two of my friends who I don't think know each other e-mailed me on the same day in order to notify me of an upcoming retreat held by the wonderful Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Before I tell you about the retreat, I'd like to direct you to the the Franciscan Sisters' of Christian Charity very creative and informative website. It's rather fitting that I make this post on Superbowl weekend, since the FSCC "Called to Be" initiative is one of the most creative vocation 'advertising campaigns' of its kind.

On March 2-5, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity will be holding a Lenten/Spring Retreat for single young women in Manitowoc, WI. Click on the link below for the full pdf. flyer:


Even if you can't make it to the retreat, be sure to check out the "Franciscanized World" section of the "Called to Be" website. Cool stuff.

It's going to be a big week for "Canticle of Chiara"....it's the 'feast day' of Frank Parater on February 7th, and also the Feast of St. Scholastica on the 10th!


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