Blessed Frances d’Amboise

November 5: An Optional Memorial from the Common of Women Saints (Religious).

Frances was born in 1427, probably in Thouars in France. She was the wife of Peter II, Duke of Brittany. After his death, and under the direction of Blessed John Soreth, the prior general, she took the habit of the Order in the monastery she had previously founded in Bondon. Afterwards she transferred to another foundation in Nantes, also erected by her, where she held the office of prioress and nourished the sisters with wise teaching. She is considered the foundress of the Carmelite nuns in France. She died in 1485.

God our Father,
you called Blessed Frances d’Amboise
to seek your kingdom in this world
by serving Jesus Christ and his Blessed Mother.
With her prayers to give us courage,
help us to go forward with joyful hearts
in the way of love.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Scripture Readings
Galatians 6:1-10; Gospel - Luke 12:32-34.

Texts taken from the “Carmelite Proper of the Liturgy of the Hours,” Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome: 1993.

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