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November 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Location: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
(Springfield, IL) – Chiara Center will host its annual Franciscan Nativity Festival from November 30-December 2. The Festival displays more than 100 nativity sets on loan and will be held November 30 from 2-7 p.m.; Dec. 1 from noon-4 p.m.; and Dec. 2 from noon-4 p.m. Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors to the Festival will also tour St. Francis of Assisi Church, the 1920s Romanesque church of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.Return to event list.
“The tradition of displaying a Nativity set began in 1223 with St. Francis of Assisi in Greccio, Italy. Since that time, Christians have interpreted Christ’s birth through their culture - thus we see the internationality and individuality expressed in this moment when God became Man,” said Sister Renita Brummer, OSF, Chiara Center Program Director.
“What makes the Festival unique is the story of each Nativity set. Whether purchased in a distant land or made as a school art project, each set is treasured by our donors - many admitting that the sentimental value is far greater than any monetary value,” Sister Renita said. “The other unique feature of this Festival was expressed by a five-year-old boy last year as he looked at an African set. “Why doesn’t baby Jesus have blonde hair and blue eyes like me?” His mother explained the internationality of the Christmas story and how different cultures portray it,” Sister Renita added.
Founded in 2007, Chiara Center is an ecumenical faith community dedicated to the discovery and healing presence of God within one’s self, everyday life, relationships, and all creation. All programs, services, and hospitality are grounded in the spirit and heritage of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Chiara Center is a ministry of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. For more information, visit chiaracenter.org or call 217-523-0901.
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