Ministries Commemorate St. Clare

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Province’s ministries — from North to South — honored Clare, patron saint of television, last week.

In Buffalo, N.Y., parishioners of St. Clare Church and members of the local Secular Franciscan fraternities gathered for an evening liturgy on the patroness’ feast, Aug. 11.

“After a busy week with our lawn fete, a quiet liturgy to thank St. Clare and offer praise to our father in heaven was well received,” said pastor Michael Putich, OFM, who provided the photo at right.

“At the first liturgy for the fraternity on Dec. 1, 2007, Fr. Robert Mack noted that St. Clare was destined to be our patron as he pointed to her image, which has graced this parish since 1890,” Michael said.

In New York City, a special liturgy was held on Aug. 11 in the main church of St. Francis of Assisi Parish on West 31st Street. A reflection was given by Sr. Kathie Uhler, OSF, Franciscan Sister of Allegany and advocacy officer ofFranciscans International.

In Greenville, S.C., friars Guy Morgan, OFM, Khoa Nguyen, OFM, and Patrick Tuttle, OFM, concelebrated the feast at the Monastery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest, S.C. “The sisters moved there from downtown Greenville two years ago,” said Patrick, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, “and we have continued serving them by offering Mass three days a week.”

He said the celebration included “delicious different iced coffees and donut holes for the reception. It was a joy to be with them because they partner with us each day.”