Saint Maria Chaira
- Also known as
- Clelia Nanette
8 July as one of the Martyrs of Shanxi
28 September of one of the Martyrs of China
- Known as a pretty, high-spirited, intelligent, joyful, energetic and impulsive girl.
Her parents encouraged her to a more active social life in the hope that she would marry, but she declined, working at home, and living a private vow of chastity.
At 18 she asked permission to enter religious life, but her parents vehemently opposed it.
With her brother's help, she joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on 24 January 1892, taking the name Chiara (Clare).
Missionary to China.
Her short lived career ended during a crackdown on foreign missionaries.
One of the Martyrs of Shanxi and the Martyrs of China.
- 9 January 1872 in Italy as Clelia Nanette
- beheaded on 9 July 1900 at Taiyuanfu, China
- 24 November 1946 by Pope Pius XII
- 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II in Rome
- Additional Information
- Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church
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- Always forward!
-Saint Maria Chaira: her life's motto and dying words