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Francis and Clare
- Course Dates: Tue 15 May 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Many people know of St Francis, The Little Poor Man of Assisi.
He gave up wealth and ambition to live the gospel in a joyfully radical way, and was both peacemaker and peace-giver, and who called every creature, no matter how small, by the name of brother or sister.
Far fewer know of his friend, Clare, who, inspired by Francis’s preaching, escaped from her aristocratic family to follow the same path. She long outlived Francis and over the years became the faithful guardian of Francis’s simple and humble witness to Christ, facing down opposition from the Church hierarchy to win eventual acceptance for the rule that she wrote for her sisters – the first rule of life written by a woman in the Church.
This day will give an introduction to both Francis and Clare, their spirituality and their theology, and will explore the wisdom that they can offer Christians and the wider world today.