St. Clare was born July 16, 1194, in Assisi, Italy. She heard St. Francis of Assisi preaching and told him she wanted to live for God. After that, she became good friends with St. Francis. She took her veil and became a woman religious. The saint founded the Poor Clares, and she led the order for the next 40 years. When St. Clare was too sick to attend Mass toward the end of her life, she saw the service on the wall of her cell. It is because of this that St. Clare is patron saint of television. She died Aug. 11, 1253.