St. Jane of Valois


 
St. Jane of Valois Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/04


Also known as

    * Jéhanne de France
    * Jeanne de Valois
    * Joan of France
    * Joan of Valois
    * Queen Jane
    * Queen Joanna

Memorial

    * 4 February

Profile

    Born a princess, the daughter of King Louis XI of France and Charlotte of Savoy. Cousin of Blessed Louise of Savoy. Deformed at birth and sickly through her life, she early developed a devotion to Our Lady, and the praying of the Angelus. Married at age 9 for political reasons to Louis, Duke of Orleans. Believing it her duty, she developed tender feelings for him, prayed for him, and praised him to others; when he because King Louis XII, he had their marriage anulled. Made Duchess of Berry (in modern France) which province she ruled. With her Franciscan spiritual advisor Blessed Gabriel Mary, she founded the Order of the Annonciades, whose chief rule was to imitate the virtues of Mary as described in the Bible.

Born

    * 1464

Died

    * 4 February 1505 at Bourges, France

Beatified

    * 21 April 1742 by Pope Benedict XIV

Canonized

    * 28 May 1950 by Pope Pius XII (her Cause had been submitted in 1614)

Representation

    * crowned Annunciation abbess
    * Annunciation abbess with a cross and rosary
    * Annunciation abbess holding the hand of the Christ-child who is himself holding a basket
    * Annunciation abbess with basket of bread and cup of wine
    * with Blessed Gabriel Mary
    * having a ring placed on her finger by the Christ-child
 



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