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Saint of the Day

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    Saint of the Day

    St. Jeanne de Chantal

    St. Jeanne (Jane) Frances de Chantal (1572–1641) was born in Dijon, France. She was the daughter of the president of parliament, and lived up to her noble status as a refined, cheerful, and beautiful woman. At the age of 21 she married a baron and together they had six children. She was strong in her faith, having daily Mass said in her castle, giving alms to the poor, and skillfully managing her household. After seven years of marriage, her husband was killed in an accident. To protect the estate for her children, she was obliged to live with her ill-tempered father-in-law for seven years. When she was 32 she met St. Francis de Sales, whom she had previously seen in a vision after praying for a spiritual director. To her private vow of chastity she added another of obedience to his direction, while continuing to provide for her children. At the age of 45, after meeting her family obligations, she and St. Francis founded a religious institute for women, the Congregation of the Visitation, which was to exemplify the virtues of the Virgin Mary at the Visitation. The Visitation sisters accepted women who were rejected from other religious orders due to age or illness, and were notable for their active charitable works. Aristocrats and the nobility flocked to her reception-room to seek her counsel. St. Jane Frances de Chantal underwent great trials and watched many of her close family and friends die. She also traveled extensively to found new Visitation houses, leaving 86 at the time of her death, and 164 at the time of her canonization. Her feast day is August 12th.