The Life of St Agnes of Assisi
1196 - 1253
1196 Agnes born. Her sister Clare is 6 years old. Francis is 14 years old.
Baptised at the old Cathedral of Santa Maria degli Minerva.
1198 Revolt of the Minores in Assisi.
Pro-Imperial nobility goes into voluntary exile.
Agnes goes with her family to Perugia
1202 Return from exile. Agnes is 4 or 5 years old.
1205 The IV Crusade sacks Constantinople
1205 Francis’ conversion.
1206 The crucifix of San Damiano speaks to Francis: rebuild my church.
Francis prophesies the future Poor Sisters.
1210 Innocent III approves Francis’ first short Gospel rule
1212 March 18 Clare receives habit from Francis. Goes to San Paolo
April 3 Agnes goes to Clare at San Angelo (now known to have been a Beguinage). Monaldo tries to drag her away. She gives away her property. Francis cuts off her hair and Clare receives her vows.
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September By this time Clare and Agnes are at San Damiano where Benvenuta of Perugia and Pacifica Guelfuccio join them.
1214 IV Lateran Council. Clare made Abbess (Agnes, Vicaress)
1215 Privilege of Poverty granted by Innocent IV to San Damiano.
Community grows rapidly.
1219 Sisters are given the Rule of Hugolino & Rule of St Benedict - to their distress.
1220 Visit of Cardinal Hugolino to San Damiano.
in subsequent letter calls Agnes ‘My sister.’
c1221 Agnes and Sister Giacoma sent by Francis to Florence.
Agnes’ only surviving letter to Clare: To her venerable mother and the woman beloved in Christ beyond all others,..
Possible date of Agnes’ vision of Christchild
1222 Agnes obtains Privilege of Poverty for Monticelli.
Sends Sister Giacoma on, to found Poor Ladies in Milan.
c1234 Agnes founds Holy Trinity, Venice
Agnes founds or assists ‘many’ houses, including Padua & Mantua,
1253 Agnes returns to San Damiano via Florence
In Clare’s letter to Agnes of Prague, Agnes sends greetings and asks for prayers.
According to Wadding’s Annals all the sisters from Monticelli come to San Damiano for Clare’s blessing.
She gives them her veil.
Innocent IV confirms Clare’s Rule and it is brought to her.
Clare promises Agnes that she, too, will soon die.
August 10 Death of St Clare
August 27 Death of St Agnes
This would make her death, like her entry into religious life, 16 days after Clare’s
1752 The fifth Centenary of St Clare. Agnes is canonized by Pope Benedict XIV.