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Blessed Philippa Mareri Feast Day:  February 13th Born:  ca. 1200, Rieti, Italy Died:  February 16, 1236, near Rieti, Italy Known For:  being a good leader Fun Fact:  she started her religious life in a cave! Born in her wealthy family’s castle around the year 1200 in Rieti, Italy, Blessed Philippa Mareri...

St. Eustochia Calafato Feast Day: January 19 Born: March 25, c. 1430, Messina, Sicily Died: January 11, 1484, Messina, Sicily Known for: Her intercession against earthquakes Fun Fact: Her body is incorrupt! Not long after an Italian noblewoman, Countess Matilda de Calafato, joined the Franciscan Tertiaries (a Secular Order of lay...

“Rejoice and be glad that so great and good a Lord, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, willed to appear despised, needy, and poor in this world, so that men who were in dire poverty and suffering great need of heavenly food might be made...

Image: Stigmatisation of Saint Francis, Giotto di Bondone, 1295–1300, Chapel of Bardi, Santa Croce, Florence   Here being the praises of the creatures which the Blessed Francis made to the praise and honor of God while he was ill at St. Damian's.   Altissimu, onnipotente bon Signore, Tue so le laude, la gloria e...

THE GRACE OF DISCERNMENT "We should always remember that discernment is a grace." -Pope Francis In Rome this Fall, Pope Francis is meeting with the Bishops from around the world as well as delegations of young people in a Synod to discuss the topic: "Young People, the Faith...

Praised be Jesus Christ and His holy Mother! August, 2018   Dear families, friends and benefactors,   As we prepare to celebrate the glorious life and holy death of our Mother St. Clare, we recall the secret of her radiant joy even amidst the trails and tribulations of a life of...

Praise be Jesus Christ! Today marks the blessed Feast of Saint Bonaventure, a scholastic theologian, philosopher and mystic. "Saint Bonaventure (1221 – 15 July 1274), born Giovanni di Fidanza, was an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars...

Praise be Jesus Christ! Today marks the blessed Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. "Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal near the end of the twelfth century.  He joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, but, shortly after ordination to...

JMJ​+FCC Dear Friend in Christ, Welcome to this humble website, run and maintained by patrons of the Poor Clare's in Rockford, Illinois. Please use this place for to learn about the Poor Clare Colettines' form of life, join in prayer with them, discern a possible call, and...