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When I presented Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with his 90th Birthday Di Clara vestments.

(Clare Short from Di Clara presents Pope Emeritus Benedict his 90th Birthday vestment set with a design based on Our Lady of Altotting.) To have Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI hold your hand and thank you, and describe your vestments as “…wonderful, beautiful…” is something I never dreamed could happen 18 months ago when I started my vestments business - Di Clara. With my husband recovering from long term illness and unable to work, I knew I had to do something to provide our family with some income. And with 3 young children, I knew the only viable option was to work from home. Running a small business from home wasn’t a new thing for me. I had experience of working...

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Crowdfunding for Priests/Seminarians and Pope Emeritus Benedict 90th Birthday vestments – Very Exciting!!

A representation of the back piece of the chasuble including the embroidery and Papal shield at the base. Di Clara’s main aim is to help restore beauty to the liturgy. It also enables me to provide for my family at the same time. I absolutely love my job! It is such an honour to know that the sacred garments I am making will be used during Mass. I love getting to know and working with priests and seminarians, and also with their families and sponsors/benefactors. My latest project is something very exciting. I have decided to launch Crowdfunding through Di Clara to help Seminarians, Priests and Parishes fundraise for their chosen vestments. So many people come to me wanting to...

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