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The Order Of Saint Clare

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The Damianites were interested in strengthening their connections to the Franciscan Order even as the friars sought to constrain the growth of the female order and thus their obligations to minister to the sisters' houses. The decade between 1253 and 1263, from Clare's death to the promulgation of a new constitution for what was now named the Order of Saint Clare, was crucial for defining the status of enclosed women within the Franciscan Order. When the General Chapter meeting at Rome in 1257 unanimously elected Bonaventure of Bagnorea to the office of minister general, he faced an Order in a state of crisis. The Constitution of Narbonne expresses reservation about contact with enclosed women. It is a fairly simple matter to lay out the details of the concentrated legal battle that erupted between the Friars Minor and the Order of San Damiano between 1261 and 1263.

Keywords: Bonaventure; Constitution of Narbonne; Damianites; Franciscan Order; Friars Minor; Rome; Saint Clare; San Damiano



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