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Friday, 17 August 2012
Saint's Corner: Clare of Montefalco
Name: Clare of Montefalco or Clare of the Cross
Birth & Death: 1268 - 18 August 1308
Feast Day: 17 August
Country of Origin: Italy
History: She became a Franciscan tertiary under the Secular Third Order of St. Francis at the age of sic, joining her sister and some others in a hermitage built by their father. The group later wished to move to a more monastic way of life and after appealing to their Bishop he established them in a new monastery under the Rule of St. Augustine. Her sister was the first abbess and after her death Clare was named abbess, though she was reluctant to accept the position until the Bishop insisted on it.
After her death, her heart was removed from her body and a crucifix and scourge were found within it. Her body has remained incorrupt.
She is claimed by both Franciscans and Augustinians, although she is officially canonised as a Augustinian.