Saint Clare of Montefalco

detail of a portrait of Saint Clare of Montefalco, 17th century, artist unknown; swiped off the Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Clare of the Cross

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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.

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  • “Saint Clare of Montefalco“. Saints.SQPN.com. 20 December 2014. Web. 22 December 2014. <>