Daily Martyrology for August 17

In 1308, St. Clare of Montefalco. She was a member of a community of penitents who lived under the guidance of her sister Joan. They adopted the Augustinian Rule in 1290, and the next year Clare became abbess.

In 1736, St. Joan of the Cross. She was born in Saumur in France. She took over her family’s religious goods shop and ran it efficiently, but avariciously. A woman showed up one day and asked for alms, and gradually St. Joan became a great champion of the poor. She founded a community of Sisters of Providence who were devoted to helping the needy.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.