Saint Clare of Assisi was a wonderful, cheerful child of a rather well off count. Saint Clare loved God, and, after hearing St. Francis preach, she went off and received the …veil from him. She founded the Order of Poor Clares, this from the Saints website (see link below): .
Clareâs father was a count, her mother the countess Blessed Orsolana. Her father died when the girl was very young. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, Clare confided to him her desire to live for God, and the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday in 1212, her bishop presented Clare with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. With her cousin Pacifica, Clare ran away from her motherâs palace during the night to enter religious life. She eventually took the veil from Saint Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi, Italy. \n.
Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; this lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clareâs mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of silence and prayer. . ( Full Answer )