gallery Feast Day: 11 August 2015 – St. Clare of Assisi

Feast Day: 11 August 2015  Patron Saint of Television
Feast Day: 11 August 2015
Patron Saint of Television

Her Legacy:

Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958, on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room.[10] The American Catholic television channel Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.

In art, Clare is often shown carrying a monstrance or pyx, in commemoration of the time when she warded away the soldiers of Frederick II at the gates of her convent by displaying the Blessed Sacrament and kneeling in prayer.

Lake Saint Clair and the Saint Clair River in the Great Lakes region of North America were named in 1679 on her feast day, August 11. Mission Santa Clara, founded by Spanish missionaries in northern California in 1777, has given its name to the university, city, county, and valley in which it sits. Southern California’s Santa Clara River is hundreds of miles to the south, and gave its name to the nearby city of Santa Clarita. Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico celebrates its Santa Clara Feast Day annually on August 12, as the feast was celebrated before the 1969 calendar change.

Clare was canonized three years after her death and her feast day was immediately inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on August 12, the day following her death, as August 11 was already assigned to Saints Tiburtius and Susanna, two 3rd-century Roman martyrs. The celebration was ranked as a Double (as in the Tridentine Calendar) or, in the terminology adopted in 1960, a Third-Class Feast (as in the General Roman Calendar of 1960). The 1969 calendar revision removed the feast of Tiburtius and Susanna from the calendar, finally allowing the memorial of Saint Clare to be celebrated on August 11, the day of her death. Her body is no longer claimed to be incorrupt, and her skeleton is displayed in Assisi.


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  • The Life, Miracles and Death of St. Claire of Assisi, Saint and Virgin of the Catholic Church[dead link]
  • St. Clare’s Sr. Sec. School Agra Built On the Name Of St. Clare Of Assisi
  • The pear-tree of St. Clare in the Convent of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Bautzen
  • St. Clare of Assisi
  • Musical Theatre about St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi
  • Anorexia Sacra An opera using Clare’s texts on asceticism and its connections with anorexia nervosa.
  • Saint Clare at the Christian Iconography web site
  • Caxton’s life of St. Clare
  • Letters of Clare off Assisi
  • Colonnade Statue St Peter’s Square