The name of Saint Clare is associated with the Franciscan call and with the city of Assisi, in Italy. She lived in Assisi, where she followed the teachings of Saint Francis and where she lived a life of poverty in dedication to God.
More women followed in her footsteps, and Clare eventually founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women inspired by Francis himself, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares. Their life is still based on prayer, penitence and poverty.
The Poor Clares have a monastery in Saint Julian’s, Malta, and another one in Munxar, Gozo, whereas one of our Colleges in Malta, St. Clare College, is also named after Clare of Assisi.
After hearing Saint Francis speaking about Jesus, Saint Clare wanted to devote her entire life to God. At first, her family did not respect her decision, however she stood by her decision because she truly loved God. In time, some members of her family joined her in her religious lifestyle.