Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Clare of Monte Falco, Virgin

detail of a portrait of Saint Clare of Montefalco, 17th century, artist unknown; swiped off the Wikimedia CommonsArticle

She was born at Monte Falco, near Spoletto, in Italy, about the year 1275. She was from her childhood an admirable model of devotion and penance. Having embraced the rule of Saint Austin, she was chosen abbess yet very young; in which charge her charity, her example, and her words, inspired all who had the happiness to enjoy her conversation with an ardent desire of the most sublime perfection. Her profound recollection was the effect of the constant union of her soul with God. If she spoke any word which seemed superfluous, she condemned herself to the task of reciting one hundred Our Fathers. The passion of Christ was the favourite object of her devotion. She died on the 18th of August, 1308; the process for her canonization was ordered by Pope John XXII.; but interrupted by his death. Urban VIII published the bull of her beatification and she is named in the Roman Martyrology.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Clare of Monte Falco, Virgin”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 August 2016. Web. 25 November 2017. <>