- Clare of the Cross
Claimed by both the Franciscans and Augustinians. Pious from childhood, and devoted to Christ’s Passion and the Cross. Franciscan tertiary. Joined with her blood sisters and some friends to form a new Franciscan house, Holy Cross Convent in Montefalco, Italy, with Clare’s sister Joan as its first abbess. Reluctant abbess of the community at Santa Croce in 1255 following the death of her sister; the house eventually adapted the Rule of Saint Augustine. Upon her death, a cross was found emblazoned on the flesh above her heart.
- “Saint Clare of Montefalco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 December 2010. Web. 24 April 2015. <>