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Jeanne Delanoue

Saint Jeanne Delanoue (Saint Joan of the Cross) (June 18, 1666 – August 17, 1736) is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church from France and founder of the Congregation of St. Anne of Providence. Throughout much of her childhood and early life she was described as very selfish, thinking only of herself. On Pentecost 1693, Jeanne encountered a poor widow and pilgrim from Rennes, named Francoise Fouchet, who predicted that Jeanne would one day spend her life in care for the poor. Though Jeanne was already a devout person, this prediction was met with skepticism; but as time passed, caring for the less fortunate is exactly what Jeanne came to do. She began caring for orphans and living a truly spiritual life, to the point where she eventually closed the family business to commit herself more fully to this work.

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