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Clare Nuns are a religious community of women begun eight hundred years ago when Clare
Offreduccio, a young noble woman of Assisi, Italy, cast off her rich garments and donned
the simple garb of St. Francis to live as he did the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Long before this dramatic moment, Francis, while rebuilding the little church of San
Damiano, exclaimed to those passing by, "Come and help me
in building the monastery of San Damiano because ladies will dwell here who will glorify
our heavenly Father throughout His Holy Church by their celebrated and holy manner of
life." Clare and her sisters joyfully
embraced a life of poverty, prayer and contemplation, solitude and seclusion that they
might serve the Lord and His church through this holy manner of living as Francis had
foretold. This life continues today in our little monastery of San Damiano on Ft. Myers
Visit poorclare.org to learn more about the Poor Clare's around the world.