Born January 28, 1572 in Dijon, France.  When she was twenty, she married Baron Christopher de Chantal.  He died in a hunting accident in 1601.  They had seven children.   When she heard St. Francis de Sales preach, she recognized him from a vision she had, and was deeply affected.  He became her spiritual director.  He convinced her not to enter the Carmelites but start a new congregation.  After her children were provided for and all put in order, she and a servant, Anne Coste, founded the Congregation of the Visitation.  It was for young girls and widows who were unable to follow the severe ascetic life at that time.  The order spread all over France and more than sixty houses were founded in the next three decades.  Jane experienced many difficulties and spiritual aridity during this time.  She died December 13 and was buried at Annecy near St. Francis de Sales.  She was canonized in 1767.  St. Francis had written his great spiritual classic “On the Love of God” for her and her nuns on December 12.

FEAST DAY:  August 12

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