Today is the feast day of St. Clare of Assisi. I read about St. Clare a couple years back and was amazed that I had never heard about her before. She was the first female follower of St. Francis of Assisi and had quite a few obstacles to face to be able to follow St. Francis. Eventually she formed her own order (with Francis' help) and her sister and mother eventually joined her. The Order she formed is still around today as the Poor Clares. Mother Angelica of EWTN in Birmingham, AL is a Poor Clare. And how interesting that St. Clare is also the patron saint of television (among other things).
I saw St. Clare when I was in Assisi, Italy in October of 2004. She is buried in the Basilica which still houses a Poor Clare monestary. The entire Basilica was very moving! Being in Assisi was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy.
Read more about St. Clare at: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=215