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Saint Jane Frances de Chantal


After her beloved husband was killed in a hunting accident, Jane Frances de Chantal sought peace and purpose as a Christian mother. She established stability for her children at her father-in-law's estate, despite how difficult he made things for her. In 1604, Jane Frances met St. Francis de Sales and cultivated a holy friendship in which he became her spiritual director. Together, they founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary for women to live in a spirit "of profound humility toward God and of great gentleness toward the neighbor." She founded 86 monasteries in her lifetime.
    Patron saint of:
  • forgotten people
  • in-law conflict
  • widows