Franciscan Nativity Events

an on-line experience only via ZOOM on December 4, 5 and 6

(There will be no Nativity Festival at Chiara Center due to COVID-19.)

The events will be free and open to the public. Request a ZOOM link for each event by sending an email before 4 p.m. for the particular event that is of interest.

December 4 from 7-8 p.m. will feature the nativities in St. Francis of Assisi Church and the story of Greccio, Italy and St. Francis; Request to attend

December 5 from 7-8 p.m. will feature a few families who will discuss their nativity on display in their home; Request to attend

December 6 from 7-8 p.m. will be photos and stories from previous Franciscan Nativity Festivals; Request to attend

August 24, 2020: Announcement
Beginning March 9, 2020, when the Disaster Proclamation regarding COVID-19 was issued in Illinois, the Chiara Center closed and it remains closed. Since May, Chiara Center has elevated its online presence for the Chiara community and will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks and months. Contact us for information.


Grounded in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Chiara Center offers a peaceful, inspirational setting for individuals, couples and groups who seek Christ’s healing presence.



“Chiara Center is a safe place to go deeper, to grow, to ask questions. My time of retreat was such a blessing. Beauty drew me in everywhere.”

- Retreatant from St. Louis area