Clare of Assisi
Born in 1193 in Assisi of a wealthy family, Clare caught the joy of a new vision of the gospel from Francis’
Escaping from home, first to the Benedictines and then to a Béguine-style group, she chose a contemplative
way of life when she founded her own community, which lived in corporate poverty understood as dependence on God,
with a fresh, democratic lifestyle.
Clare became the first woman to write a religious Rule for women, and in it showed great liberty of spirit in
dealing with earlier prescriptions. During the long years after Francis’ death, she supported his earlier companions
in their desire to remain faithful to his vision, as she did.
Some of her last words were: “Blessèd be God, for having created me.”
Her feast day is celebrated on 11 August.