Growing up, Caterina (St. Agnes) was very close to her older sister, Clare, and just like any other siblings they spent most of their time together.
Fond of St. Francis of Assisi’s teachings, the sisters wanted to imitate his example and live a simple life of service to others. When they told their father that they wanted to live like Francis, he said he would never allow it to happen.
Despite their father’s disapproval, the sisters went on to live at a Benedictine convent. They were very sure of their calling so they traded their rich life for a much simplier one. With St. Francis’ leadership, they founded an order of nuns called the Poor Clares, and Caterina took the name Agnes when she was ordained as a nun.
St. Agnes’ life was a prayerful example for all. She died on November 16, 1253—just a few months after Clare. The church canonized her as a saint in 1753.
A Prayer for St. Agnes’of Assisi
O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst set up Blessed Agnes before many virgins as a model and guide to evangelical perfection, grant, we beseech Thee, that the seraphic spirit, which she so wisely taught and confirmed by her holy example, may be preserved in us from all sin. Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.