Saint Clare of Assisi 2011 – letter by Minister General
Saint Clare of Assisi 2011 – letter by Minister General (pdf)
:: On April 16, in communion with all the daughters of Saint Clare present in the world we solemnly inaugurated in Assisi the celebrations of the VIII Centenary of the Conversion of Clare of Assisi and the Founding of the Order of Poor Clares.
This event began with the celebration of First Vespers of Palm Sunday, presided over by the Bishop of Assisi, Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, in the Cathedral of St. Rufino. This was followed by a pilgrimage toward the Porziuncula at St. Mary of the Angels, where the young Clare, having fled her “house, city and family, “sought refuge in order to consecrate herself to the Lord “before the altar of Mary” (cf. LegCl 8 ). There, she embraced the way of life that Francis showed her (cf. TestCl 5) and which was later blessed by Pope Innocent IV, when he approved the Rule of the Order of Poor Clares. The pilgrimage, which was attended by a large number of Franciscan Brothers, women and men Religious as well as many lay people, made a stop in those places where the Poor Clares preserve and reflect the purpose of life of Clare. These places were the Protomonastery and the Monasteries of both St. Quirico and St. Colette.
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