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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Saints Corner: Clare of Assisi



Name: Clare of Assisi
Birth & Death: 16 July 1194 - 11 August 1253
Feast Day: 11 August
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Clare was born to a wealthy noble family, her father was Count of Sasso-Rossa. Her parents wanted her to get married when she was 15 but she decided to wait until she was 18. At 18 she heard the preachings of St. Francis, also a native of Assisi, and decided to follow him. She ran away from her family and was given the habit by St. Francis and placed in a Benedictine community. Her father tried to make her leave, as he still wanted her to marry. Clare and her sister later moved to the church of San Damiano, rebuilt by St. Francis. The order was originally known as the Poor Ladies, but after Clare's death it was renamed the Poor Clares.


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