Blessed Jane of Portugal

detail from a portrait of Blessed Jane of Portugal, c.1475, Convento de Jesus Aveiro, PortugalAlso known as

  • Joan
  • Joana
  • Johanna



Princess, the daughter of Elizabeth and King Alphonsus V of Portugal. Entered a Dominican convent at Aveiro, Portual in 1473. The royal family objected to her taking vows because she might need to marry to insure the continuity of the royal bloodline. She agreed, fended off arranged marriages, and did not take vows until 1485 when the succession was secured.





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O God, in the midst of the royal court you strengthened Blessed Jane with purity of heart. By her prayers may your faithful turn from the things of earth and seek after the things of heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jane of Portugal“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 March 2016. Web. 24 October 2016. <>