Saint Agnes of Assisi

She was born in the year 1197 at Assisi, Italy. She was a daughter of Count Favorino Scifi and Blessed Hortulana, ant the younger sister of Saint Clare of Assisi, the Abbess of the Poor Ladies. As a little girl she was known by members of her household to be a sensitive child, gentle, prayerful and kind. Her sister, St. Clare heard, St. Francis preaching in the streets of the City and she was moved by the words of St. Francis. On March 18, 1212, her eldest sister Clare, inspired by the example of Francis, left her father's home to become a follower of the saint. Sixteen days after her sister Clare renounced her inheritance and family and founded the Poor Clares, the Franciscan cloistered Order, Agnes joined her at the Benedictine cloister of St. Angelo in Panso, where she lived in Prayer and solitude together with her sister, Clare. Agnes died on November 16, 1253 at the monastery of San Damiano at the age of 56, shortly after her sister Clare. She was buried in the Santa Chiara church, Assisi, Italy. We celebrate her feast day on November 19.