Sister Clare Hunter, FSE
Sister Clare Hunter has a native gift of engaging others. She is a straightforward evangelizer. Sister Clare puts her gifts to use by promoting the teachings of the Church on human life, abortion, contraception, fertility, end of life, marriage and family, theology of the body, genius of men and women, religious life, vocations, Franciscan spirituality, the Blessed Mother and prayer – with clarity and simplicity.
Sister Clare has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Media from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC, and a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Before moving to Virginia, she taught high school and served as the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in ministry with a concentration in evangelization at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Sister Clare was raised in Meriden, Connecticut, just a few blocks from the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, and participated in youth activities offered by the Sisters. During college, much to her surprise, she felt God might be calling her to a religious vocation which had never been in her plans. After a period of resisting, she decided to pursue this path which confirmed God’s plans for her. A natural leader, Sister Clare gained her leadership training as the oldest child of six. For many years, her four younger brothers looked to her as the “General.” She teasingly says she also trained her parents in how to raise her since they were young when she was born. The atmosphere in the Hunter household was spirited and open as the family generously welcomed into their home other children and parents who needed a new situation.
Sister Clare has influenced hundreds of young men and women to live their Catholic faith with sincerity and vigor as she, through her own life, challenges others to go beyond mediocrity and be all they can be for the Church and the world.