Franciscan Saints


The Servant of God Ortolana Di Offreduccio


Widow, Second Order

 Mother of St. Clare

The mother of the holy foundress St. Clare was of noble birth and pious from her youth enjoying pilgrimages to holy places such as the tombs of the Apostles in Rome and other shrines in Italy. Accompanied by another pious relative Ortolana even made pilgrimage to the holy Land.


Heeding her parents’ wish she married Favrone di Offreduccio a descendent of one of the foremost noble families of Assisi and continued in her life of holiness. At the hour of birth of her first baby while praying before a crucifix for a happy delivery she heard a voice saying: “Fear not, you will give birth to a light that will enlighten the world with its brilliance.” So it was she named the baby Clare that is “the brilliant one”. The holiness of her children is attributed to her dedication in rearing them.


When Clare became a young woman, she established the Order of Poor Clares under the direction of St. Francis, in contempt of worldly pleasures the Order was established in a poor convent in Assisi. Her sisters Agnes and Beatrice followed her into the convent.


After the death of her husband, Hortulana entered the same convent to close her life under the guidance of her daughter; there she led so saintly a life that God glorified her by many miracles after her death.


Prayer of the church

Let Thy grace, O Lord, we beseech Thee, ever go before us

and follow us and make us continually intent upon good works.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen


Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago, Illinois

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