St Clare of Assisi
Founder of the Poor Clares
Bethany Saint Visor Clip
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Saint Clare of Assisi, born Chiara Offreduccio, (July 16, 1194 August 11, 1253) was one of the first followers of Francis of Assisi and founded the Order of Poor Clares to organize the women who chose to embrace monastic life in the Franciscan vision.
Clare was born in Assisi, Italy in 1194 as the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso. In 1210, Clare heard Francis preaching in the streets of Assisi about his new mendicant order (then newly-approved by Pope Innocent III) and was moved by his words. On March 20, 1212, Clare and her sister Agnes fled their home to follow Francis, who received them into religious life. She and her sister had their hair cut short and put on rough tunics to indicate their acceptance of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and stayed with a nearby monastery of Benedictine nuns unt