Feast of Bl. Ricvera of Clastres, O. Praem.
(b. unknown, † October 29, 1136)
- Crown = Royalty
- Money bag = Almsgiving
- Bread = Food for the poor
- Beggar = Destitute
- Roses = Miraculous grave marker
Ricvera hailed from the region of Vermand in northern France and married Raymond de Clastres. After Raymond’s death she decided to live the apostolic lifestyle of St. Norbert and came to Prémontré.
In 1120 the bishop of Noyon issued a declaration stating that Ricvera bequeathed herself to the foundation of Prémontré, and her lands at Belmont to Norbert. She received the veil from Norbert himself in 1121.
Ricvera worked at Prémontré in the hospital founded by Norbert, which was also a guesthouse for travelers and a hospice for the poor. She enjoyed a reputation for being a consoler of the poor, the destitute, and the desperate.
Weakened by intense fasting and night vigils, she died surrounded by her sisters on October 29, 1136. At her request, she was buried in the cemetery of the poor. It is reported that roses bloomed for a long time over her grave. She has always been regarded as the first nun of the Norbertine Order and is honored as “blessed” at the monasteries of Frigolet in France and Zwierzyniec in Poland.
Date(s) - Thursday October 29, 2020