Monday, 11 August 2008

Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi

Here is some info on St. Clare of Assisi taken from Wikipedia:

- born in Assisi, Umbria on July 16, 1194
- on March 20, 1212, escaped an arranged marriage by seeking refuge from St. Francis, who received her into religious life
- moved to the church of San Damiano, which became the focal point for Clare's new religious order, the "Order of San Damiano" a.k.a. Order of Poor Ladies (a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition) or Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.
- in 1216, Clare accepted the role of abbess of the Order- defended her order from attempts to impose a watered down version of the radical commitment to corporate poverty she had embraced- sought to imitate Francis' virtues and way of life so much so that she was sometimes titled alter Franciscus, another Francis.
- died at the age of 59 on August 11 1253. Canonized by Pope Alexander IV on August 15, 1255.
- designated as the patron saint of television in 1958
- her feast day falls on the date of her death (August 11)

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