The story of St Clare

Clare was born in Assisi on 16th July 1194 and died there on 11th August 1253.

She was a beautiful Italian Noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called the ‘Poor Clare’s’. When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening she ran from her home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist.

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