Chantal, Jean FrançoIse fRemyot dE

Chantal, Jean Françoise Fremyot de a French abbess, was born at Dijon, Jan. 23, 1572. When twenty years of age she married Christophe de Bussy-Rabutin, baron of Chantal, by whom she had six children. After the assassination of her husband, in 1604, she placed herself under the spiritual guidance of Francis of Sales, and at his advice she founded, in 1610, the Order of Visitation at Annecy. When she died, Dec. 13,1641, the order had already eighty-seven convents. Pope Benedict XIV beatified her in 1751, and Clement XIII canonized her in 1767. Her letters were published by Edouard de Barthelemy (Paris, 1860). See Lichtenberger, Encyclop. des Sciences Religieuses, s.v. (B. P.)

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