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Mme Acarie

(1566—1618)


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(1566–1618),

Bl ‘Mary of the Incarnation’. Barbe Jeanne Avrillot, though anxious to join the Poor Clares, in 1584 married Pierre Acarie. They had six children. Their house was a centre of charitable works and intense spirituality; Mme Acarie experienced visions and ecstasies. She took part in establishing the first house of the Reformed Carmelites in France in 1604. She also helped to bring the Ursulines to Paris and supported P. de Bérulle in the foundation of the Oratorians. After her husband's death in 1613, she joined the Carmelites as a lay sister. Feast day, 18 Apr.

Subjects: Christianity — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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