Poor Clares – The day it all began!


On Palm Sunday, March 20, 1212, St. Clare silently left her father’s house in the middle of night and was joined by her Aunt Biana.  They went in haste to the chapel, the Porziunucla, to meet St. Francis and his followers.  It is there that she declared her wish to dedicate her life to God.  She was dressed like a bride in her finest garments and jewels.  St. Clare then discarded them and St. Francis cropped her long golden hair as a sign of her consecration to God, and she was dressed in a poor robe and veil.  St. Francis then placed her in a Benedictine monastery of nuns to learn the life a religious.  Shortly thereafter, her father tried to get her to come home.  However, St. Clare courageously clung to the altar of the church and removing her veil showed her cropped hair to her father, and declared her firm resolve to have no other husband but Jesus Christ.