Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blessed Frances of Amboise, Duchess of Brittany

Frances d'Amboise Here is the life of Blessed Frances d'Amboise, the duchess who became a Carmelite nun:
Bl. Frances D'Amboise was born in 1427, probably at Thouars, France. At fifteen years of age, she was married to Peter II, Duke of Brittany and crowned with him in the cathedral at Rennes in 1450. She was widowed in 1457 and, not wanting a second marriage, she turned towards religious life. For this purpose, she built a Carmel for sisters at Bondon in 1463 following the advice of Blessed John Soreth, Prior General of the Carmelites. However, she herself only entered the monastery in 1468. In 1477 she transferred to the monastery at Nantes, another of her foundations. The records show that, as prioress, she had a strong personality but coupled with a motherly understanding and considerable psychological awareness. Some of the inspired spiritual direction which she gave to her sisters has been preserved. To her is due the introduction of frequent communion (daily for those who were sick) and the fourth vow of strict enclosure. She died on 4th November 1485 and her last testament was the phrase which she had said most often during her life: "In everything, do that which will make God loved the more!" Her cult was approved in 1863 by Pope Pius IX, as a recognition of the faithfulness of the Bretons to the Catholic Church and to their duchess. She is considered the foundress of the Carmelite nuns of France. She was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1866.


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Thank you for this. I was unfamiliar with this saint.

God bless!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Actually, being a "Blessed" she is not officially declared a saint yet, but you know what I mean. :)

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, dear Donna, I know exactly what you mean!

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