St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Parish in Edwards, CO was founded in 2000. The inspiration for our school comes from Cardinal James Francis Stafford who, while Archbishop of Denver, desired the opportunity for a Catholic education for all the children in the Vail Valley.
St. Clare of Assisi was chosen as the patron of our parish and school. Above all else St. Clare loved God. Attracted by the joyful presence of St. Francis, a member of the merchant class, his preaching and witness led her to forgo the inheritance of her noble family and choose instead to serve Jesus as a nun. She maintained a friendship with him throughout her life. Living during a time and in a place of economic diversity similar to the economic diversity of our own community, she saw Jesus in all people regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Our school and parish community continue to learn from St. Clare about the importance of putting God first in our life, seeing God in all circumstances and people, living in community, coming to a greater knowledge through our relationships with others, and striving for the perfection of charity through responding to God in concrete actions. This in turn shapes our mission, vision, root beliefs, and core values as we commit to building up the Kingdom of God here on earth and strive towards bringing to life the vision of Cardinal Stafford under the patronage of St. Clare of Assisi.