We are announcing a new ministry at St. Cletus, the St. Cletus Fiacre Society. Never heard of this 7th Century Irish Monk, the patron Saint of Gardeners (also the patron Saint of taxi drivers!)? Neither had we until we started doing a little research and he seems like a good sponsor for this new ministry.
His legend is this: Fiacre asked the local bishop for more ground on which to plant food and herbs. The bishop told him he could have as much land as he could entrench in one day. After prayer,
Fiacre used the point of his staff to turn the earth, topple trees and dig up briers and weeds to prepare the land for a garden. A suspicious local woman was convinced that such a feat could only be performed by sorcery but the bishop viewed Fiacre’s act as a gift from God and proclaimed it a miracle. Supposedly, the woman’s jealousy caused Fiacre to implement a ban on women from his monastery. Thankfully, the St. Cletus Fiacre Society is more enlightened and has no such ban on women!
As word of Fiacre’s miracle spread, visitors to Fiacre’s Garden brought seeds and plants from afar, and his
gardens became famous throughout Europe. The Catholic Church considers Fiacre the saint of growing food and plants used in medicine. After his death in 670 A.D., people who visited his monastery claimed that it had healing power. Fiacre is depicted in art and statuary as an elderly man carrying a spade (see above). While we as yet do not promote our campus grounds and flowers as providing any healing power, we do believe that our efforts to beautify our campus with flowers can invoke hospitality, welcoming all to our beautiful church and grounds.
In future Canticle articles, look for the above picture of St. Fiacre for announcements. We would love to have you join us! Duties of this ministry include weeding, planting annuals, cleaning up flower beds, and to a greater degree, building community. If you would like to become a member of this ministry, helping produce an experience that flowers and prayer can provide, welcoming our fellow parishioners and visitors, please send your email address to Mary Delaney and Tom Reisel at email@example.com. We will add you to our contact list and provide more specifics about future events and projects.