S. Chiara
Community ID
 
642
 
Town
 
Carignano, then Racconigi
 
Diocese
 
Catania
 
Region
 
Piedmont
 
Date Founded
 
1251
 
Date Terminated
 
Still extant in Racconigi
 
Religious Order
 
Poor Clares
 
Notable Heads
 

Beatrice Grimalda, abbess, as of June 8, 1317.

 
Population Counts
 

1317: 40 nuns in perpetual cloister

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

In 1372/3, a new church building was conceded to the house by the bishop of Torino.

 
Social Characteristics
 

As of 1317, only women born of legitimate marriage were admitted.

 
Charitable/Work
 

Nuns became teachers in 1817.

 
Early Documents
 

[1] June 8, 1317: record of obligations of taking 12 descendants of the male line of Ugone Fiesca, father of Innocent Tesco, and Oppisono, the elect abbess and each receive 8 libre genovese from the bishop of Cattania.

[2] Nov. 22, 1369: 8 libre each given to 6 nuns without dowry.

[3] 1472: Pope Sixtus prohibits the seperation of 4 franciscan confessors.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Torino, Archivio di Stato, Inventario delle scritture riguardante le monache, Carignano, S. Chiara

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

In 1317, the nuns built a church dedicated to S. Leonard the confessor.

 
Conversi/ae and servants
 

The house supported 13 friars minor in the church.

 
Contributors
 
Suzanne Wemple-Kinder
 
Date Started
 
1251
 
Length
 
816