De Chantal’s Visitation
Jane Frances Fremiot (+1641) was a beautiful, refined young woman from Burgundy, betrothed to the Baron de Chantal at 21 years old; and a happy marriage it was, before the Baron was killed by an arquebus in a tragic hunting accident, leaving Jane a widow with four small children.
Yet she was resourceful, like the good wife of Proverbs, running her husband’s estate and finances prudently and well. Upon meeting the Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales, she adopted him as her spiritual director (after his death, she was guided by Saint Vincent de Paul, so she was fortunate!). After