The Fourfold Saint
Jane Frances Fremiot, Baroness de Chantal, the foundress and first Mother Superior of the Order of the Visitation, is honored by the Church for the holiness of her youth, of her married life, of her widowhood, and of her life in religion.
Deprived in babyhood of the care of her pious mother, the little girl grew up under the wise guidance of M. Benigne Fremiot, President of the Senate of Dijon, a man worthy to be the father of a saint. Little Jane was a lively, intelligent child. Her father was pleased and proud to afford her every advantage proper to her age and social station. Her sister married early, leaving to Jane the position of mistress of the house. These responsibilities, met with grace and skill, helped to round out by domestic duties an unusually well balanced personality.