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Chantal, Jane Frances of
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(Jeanne-Françoise Frémyot de) (Jan 23, 1572, Dijon – Dec 13, 1641, Moulins). Canonized in 1767. Chantal, a devout Catholic, deliberately remained a widow after the death of her husband Christophe de Rabutin, Baron de Chantal, seeking an explicit form of religious life. Francis de Sales became her spiritual director. In 1610, she founded the “Ordo de Visitatione Beatae Mariae Virginis” (Salesian Sisters) in Francis's episcopal see Annecy; the order flourished rapidly under her leadership. Except for her extensive correspondence with, among …

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Albrecht, Ruth, “Chantal, Jane Frances of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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