St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi was one of the first followers of St. Francis of Assisi, and went on to form her own order for women in the style as his Franciscans, known commonly as the Poor Clares. She is known for several miracles - once, when she was sick and unable to attend Mass, the image of the liturgy she was missing appeared on her bedroom wall so that she could still participate (for this reason she is the patron saint of television). Another time, soldiers tried to storm Assisi, she placed a monstrance displaying the Blessed Sacrament and prayed, and following a bright light, the soldiers were overcome with fear and fled the city.

Lifetime: 1194 to 1253
Region: Assisi, Rome (modern Italy)
Patronages: Eye disease; Needle workers; Television
Iconograpy: Monstrance or lamp sending out a beam of light; Poor Clares habit
Feast Day: August 11

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