|Anne of Xainctonge|
|Birth|| As November 21 as 1567 |
Dijon , France
|Death|| As June 8 as 1621 |
Dole , France
|Religious order||Company of St. Ursula of Anne of Xainctonge|
|Fathers||Jean de Xainctonge y Marguerite Collard|
|Revered in||Catholic Church|
|sanctuary||Ursuline Church in Dole|
Anne de Xainctonge ( Dijon , 21 of November of 1567 - Dole , 8 of June of 1621 ) was a religious French Catholic, founder of the Society of Saint Ursula of Dole . [ 1 ] It is considered venerable in the Catholic Church . [ 2 ]
Anne de Xainctonge was born in Dijon , in the Burgundy region ( France ), into an aristocratic family. His parents were Jean de Xainctonge, lawyer and councilor of the Dijón parliament , and Marguerite Collard. He grew up next to the Jesuit collegefrom her hometown, which is why the idea of founding a similar institute for the education of girls matured. She developed a project different from what had been proposed as female Catholic teaching in 16th century France. The education of women was practically in the hands of the cloistered nuns, while she was thinking of a group of teachers who, even professing the evangelical councils, were not linked to any religious vow, much less to the cloister, something similar to what that Angela Merici had done in Italy . [ 3 ]
Unable to develop her project in France, Anne de Xainctonge settled in the city of Dole , which was then a Spanish possession. The foundation of the Company of Santa Úrsula was authorized to him, in 1585, following the constitutions of the Ursulines of Ferrara . [ 1 ] De Xainctonge was dedicated to the expansion of the new institute, so much so that she herself founded seven other schools. At fifty-three years , he died in the community of Dole on 8 June 1621. [ 3 ]
On November 24, 1900, the cause for the beatification and canonization of Anne de Xainctonge was introduced in the Archdiocese of Besançon . After the diocesan process, he was transferred to the Holy See . After reviewing the Congregation for the Causes of Saints , Pope John Paul II declared venerable on 14 May 1991. [ 4 ]
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