The Clares were the female Franciscan Order in the thirteenth century. In the Spring of 1212, an 18 year old girl of Assisi named Clara heard St. Francis preach in the cathedral and left her
father's castle to take a vow of poverty and become a disciple. The monks of Mount Subasio
again aided Francis by giving him a place where Clara and her earliest followers could be
lodged. The women were given the same rules as the brothers.
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