The Woman Clare

Clare was a medieval woman born into a rich and powerful family dominated by values of the nobility and of knightly exploits in war and battle. In 13th century Italy, her destiny, while still a child, was defined for her by the men who ruled the clan. She would be married to a man of...

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Clare - Still Relevant for Today

There is a sense about Clare, that she reaches down through the ages and continues to make her presence felt to generations beyond her own – a sense that she is somehow beyond history. Within the context of the medieval world of the 13th century, Clare lived and struggled with many of the issues that...

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Our History

The Poor Clares were founded in 1212 by St. Francis of Assisi who received the 18 year old Clare into the way of Gospel living that he had received. In a very short time many Monasteries, following this way of life led by Clare and her sisters, sprang up all over Italy and other parts...

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Our Monastery

In 2018 we moved  to the former Franciscan Friary (San Damiano), literally across the street from our previous monastery.  We are still located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, surrounded by tall evergreens as well as some deciduous trees. This beauty of creation gives our prayer a uniquely Franciscan quality. As St. Clare wished, most of...

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