Jeanne Marie de Maillé, Bl.

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Franciscan tertiary, mystic, and recluse; b. Roche-Saint-Quentin, near Tours, France, 1332; d. Tours, Mar. 28, 1414. Of noble birth, she was married at 16 to Robert de Sillé, with whom she maintained a virginal relation-ship. After his death (1362), dispossessed by the Sillé family, she returned to Tours, where in a little dwelling adjacent to the church of St. martin she spent her days in prayer and good works. Later she became a recluse in a solitude near Cléry. Around 1377 she entered the Third Order of St. Francis at Tours. Her confessor, Martin de Boisgaultier, the guardian of the Franciscan community at Tours, was her first biographer. She prayed unceasingly for the end of the western schism and sought to re-form the morals of the French court of Charles VI and Isabelle. pius ix approved her cult in 1871.

Feast: Nov. 6.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Mar. 3:733762. j. barbier, Jeanne-Marie de Maillé (Vendée 1993). m. de crisenoy, Bienheureuse Jeanne-Marie de Maillé (Paris 1948).

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