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First St. Clare's Home banquet set for March 26

By Bob Castello
SJCS Communications Manager

It all started with a dream, a nightmare. Claire (Capelle) Pizzuti, then a sixth-grade student at St. Joseph's Catholic School, could see abortions taking place in her family's basement. A woman was getting ready to go through with her abortion, and Claire was running downstairs, hoping to prevent it.

When she awoke, Claire told her mother. That led to another dream, one that became a reality on August 11, 2021 at the ribbon cutting for St. Clare's Home, the first Catholic maternity home for expectant mothers in the state of South Carolina.

"I firmly believe that if I had not been a student at St. Joseph's,” Claire said, “the fostering of these dreams would not have been encouraged. … We cannot have more admiration for this school and how their leadership chose to be unapologetically Catholic and Pro-Life at a time when women and babies in the community needed them the most."

The home, which sits on 15 acres in Greenville County, has eight fully furnished bedrooms.

It’s an ongoing ministry, and on Saturday, March 26, the Pink & Blue Banquet -- the first in support of the St. Clare's Home -- will be held from 5:30-8:30 PM at Fluor Field.

It was a long process from the original dream until the opening of the home, but Claire and her mother knew they would have to walk before they could run so they did just that. They organized Babies World Walk; the first (see photo below, with Claire in center), in 2006, was at St. Joe's. The event continued for seven years, and all the proceeds went to the local crisis pregnancy center.

Claire graduated from St. Joe's in 2012 and from the University of South Carolina's nursing program in 2016. Upon graduation, she moved to Minnesota and worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic.

"While this was an irreplaceable experience, God was calling me back to South Carolina to be closer to family, eventually meet my future husband, and to complete a childhood dream of mine that started while I was a student (at St. Joe's)," Claire said.

She had another dream in 2013 that made the wait worthwhile.

"There was a group of people that I hadn’t seen before," Claire said, "and I knew God was saying that these were the babies' lives who would be saved as a result of the home."

**Click HERE for more information on and tickets to the Pink & Blue Banquet and HERE for more on St. Clare's Home. Click HERE for the Catholic Miscellany story on the first Babies World Walk.