St Clara\'s Church at Assonora in Goa

The St Clara's church situated at Assonora was originally built as a chapel in the year 1768 by the Franciscan Friars. The chapel was known as the St. Clara of Assisi chapel and in the late 17th century it was burnt on several ocassions by the Bhonsles.

In 1781, the Goa Archdiocese built a proper chapel and attached it to the Tivim church. The chapel was delinked in October 1805 and was elavated to the status of a full fledged church. This feast of this church is celebrated on May every year with great enthusiasm.

The church of St Clara has five altars, one of which is dedicated to Santa Clara. In the year 2001, following the appointment of Fr Savio as parish priest, the church received a shot in the arm as he acquired the surrounding plot and constructed a hall for the parish and village activities.

The St Clara's church along with the parish house, cemetery and chapel are also known to have undergone major renovation works undertaken by Fr Querobino. Today the church is well known for its Friday's inner-healing sessions that attract huge crowds. Youth retreats held here also receive wide support.

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