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By Fr. Robert M. Hutmacher, OFM


The Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Clare of Assisi on August 11.  If you’ve read my past articles you know how much I love Clare as healer and example of faith.  In May I began a Legion series about important structures in Assisi that hold our heritage in unique ways.  So I present to you the simple yet elegant Basilica of Clare in honor of her feast this month.

Marino Bigaroni, o.f.m. is a recognized scholar of Franciscan history and virtually any building within the city walls of Assisi.  I lived with Marino at Chiesa Nuova in the ‘90’s and he was a true brother, mentor and incredible resource for my growing knowledge and research about medieval life.  When I last visited with him he was in the infirmary at the Porziuncola; even though 95 at the time, he was still doing research, still writing articles!

Marino collaborated on a masterwork, La Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi, published in 1994.  The authors’ 300 page tome covers every aspect of the history, architecture and art works of the Basilica through photography and text.

Clare died on August 11, 1253.  Pope Alexander IV wanted to canonize her immediately after her funeral but Vatican personnel and ecclesial procedures stopped him from doing so.  After she died, Clare’s body was taken from San Damiano to the Chapel of San Giorgio up in Assisi. She was canonized in 1255 (Francis was also canonized just two years after his death) and construction of her basilica began in 1257. 

Read the full article The Basiclica of St. Clare by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M. (download as a pdf)


Sator Duo Returns to Chicago in 2017!


Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church, Lake Villa, IL
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Ascension Church, Oak Park, IL
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Winnetka, IL
More dates and locations to be announced




The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob


The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us.  My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness.  I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.

This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.   Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style.  My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration.  Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation


Listen and buy it today. Available at:CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and 95+ outlets for digital download and streaming worldwide.


The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob


Chiesa Nuova (July 2017)

San Damiano (June 2017)

The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 2017)

This is Lent  (March 2017)

What Shall We Do? (January 2017)

Dreams of Peace (December 2016) 

Dreams (November 2016)

Embrace the Differences (September 2016)

It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)

Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)

New, New, New (January 2016)

A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)

Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)

Archived Franciscan Legionnaire Articles












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