St. Clare Catholic Church

St. Clare Catholic Church

O’Fallon, IL

2008 Completion

$7.5 Million

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church is a parish with a focus on the gospel and prayer, just like their patron. Clare was known as being a light for the church and this can be seen in the life of the parish. Her acts of service and obedience serve as an example to the parish. The acquirement of land and rapid parish growth led the church to a decision to develop a multi-phase Master Plan to facilitate expansion of parish facilities. Major components of the Master Plan are a church that seats 1,100 (expandable to 1,400 seats), a Social Hall/Meeting Rooms for 450-500, Weekday Chapel for 100, Parish Office, Pre-School, Elementary/Religious Education Center.

The new church was designed to subtly emulate the architecture of the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy, home of St. Clare. Building materials, forms, textures, colors, patterns, colonnades, and courtyards were all chosen after research of Assisi architecture. Just as St. Clare was known as being a light for the faith, the new church serves as a beacon to the community. It sits at the pinnacle of the site, high above the surrounding valley and is located fifteen minutes east of the iconic St. Louis Arch. The light shade and neutral exterior colors are softly illuminated at night, so the church is visible to all who pass by as a beacon to the community.