St Jane Frances de Chantal


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founder of the Order of the Visitation. On the death of her husband in 1601, she took a vow of chastity. With the help of St Francis de Sales (her spiritual director), she founded the first house of the Visitation at Annecy in 1610. Leaving her fourteen-year-old son, she joined the Order and spent the rest of her life organizing it. Feast day, 12 Dec. (formerly, 21 Aug.).

Subjects: Christianity.

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