Book of Saints – Saint Clare

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Clare of Assisi; date unknown, artist unknown; church of Saint Stephen, South Kensington, London, England; photographed on 22 December 2014 by Oxfordian Kissuth; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

August 11

Clare was the daughter of a count. She heard Saint Francis preach in the streets of Assisi and told him of her desire to give herself to God. They became close friends.

Clare refused to marry at 15. At the age of 18 she left her castle with one companion and went to the church of Our Lady of the Angels, where she met Francis and his Brothers. In that poor little church she received a rough woolen habit, exchanged her jeweled belt for a common rope with knots in it, and consecrated her life to God at the altar of Our Lady.

In an old house outside Assisi she started her Order of the Poor Clares. Later, her sister and mother and other noble ladies joined her. They lived a life of prayer, silence, work, and fasting.

One day enemies of the Church were about to attack the convent. The Saint had the Blessed Sacrament placed in a monstrance above the gate of the convent. She prayed for help and the enemy fled. She died in 1253.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Clare”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 22 September 2019. <>