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Died: August 18th, 1905, Evansville, IndianaKnown For: bringing the Poor Clare life to the United StatesFun Fact: As English was her second language and she never mastered it, she often accidentally misused words. Once, she seemed out of sorts and someone asked her what was...

Feast: July 27thBorn: October 4th, 1687, Brescia, ItalyDied: July 27th, Brescia, ItalyFun Fact: Once the Blessed Sacrament flew from the hands of the priest into her mouth!             Margaret Martinengo was born on October 4th, St. Francis' feast day. Perhaps this foreshadowed her vocation to the...

Died: c. 1550Known for: her private revelations from St. Catherine of BolognaFun Fact: She had lively, playful conversations with Christ. When she would tell him, "My Lord, let me come to you," he responded, "Come to me by good works and holy desires." When called...

Feast Day: May 9th Born: September 8th, 1413, Bologna, Italy Died: March 9th, 1463, Bologna, Italy Known For: her many writings, especially The Seven Spiritual Weapons Fun Fact: She is the only saint known to have painted her self-portrait! In addition, she's incorrupt. St. Catherine of Bologna, one of the...

Died: c. 1255, Assisi, Italy Known For: being an original follower of St. Clare and a witness for her Process of Canonization Fun Fact: Amata's name means "beloved" in Latin. It remains a common name for Poor Clares today. We've seen how common saints from the same family...

Blessed Antonia of FlorenceBorn: 1401, Florence, ItalyDied: February 18th, 1472, Aquila, ItalyKnown For: being one of the great 15th Century Franciscan ReformersFun Fact: her eyes are still open on her completely incorrupt body! Bl. Antonia came from a privileged background and married young. Sadly, she was widowed...

Ven. Ortolana of AssisiDied: c. 1238, Assisi, ItalyKnown For: being the mother of St. Clare, who started our OrderFun Fact: Once a sick boy was brought to St. Clare and Ortolana's monastery in hopes of a cure. The boy became well, and Clare said it...

Blessed Helen EnselminiBorn: 1208, Padua, ItalyDied: November 4th, 1242, Padua, Italy The picture one often sees of Blessed Helen seems to be portraying a young nun in a mystical ecstasy. Eyes closed, head hanging back, hands gently resting on her chest...

Venerable Chiara Isabella GherziDied: October 27th, 1800, Gubbio, Italy "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Most 12-year-olds, while arguing they're all grown up anyway, will answer with any number of fantastic ideas. But often they know their lives will turn out quite differently. Venerable Chiara...

Born: 1378, Milan, Lombardy, Italy Died: 1444, Pisaro, Italy Known for: founding a reformed community of Poor Clares Fun fact: her younger sister became a Poor Clare as well, and her younger brother became a Franciscan friar! The death of loving parents when a child is young can have...