Even before her death on August 11, 1253 the life begun by St. Clare at San Damiano had spread to many parts of Europe. Sisters were sent from San Damiano to begin monasteries in other cities or existing groups of religious women adopted the Rule of St. Clare followed at San Damiano for themselves. Today there are over 800 Poor Clare monasteries in all parts of the world.
Our monastery here on Fort Myers Beach can be traced back to the first San Damiano in Assisi in the following way:
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