COLETTE (Saint) Virgin (March 6) (15th century) Colette Boilet, a carpenter’s daughter, born in Picardy (France) (A.D. 1380), served God from her childhood in solitude. Her time was wholly taken up in prayer and in her ministrations to the sick and poor. After passing some years among the Beguines, she found her vocation in reviving among the Poor Clares the primitive and austere spirit of Saint Francis. Like him, her chief devotion was to Our Lord’s Passion and her supreme attraction to the practice of holy poverty. Her reform quickly spread through the West of Europe, and is still flourishing. Saint Colette, with Saint Vincent Ferrer, had a share in putting an end to the great Schism of the West. Among the miracles she wrought was the raising of a dead man to life. She died at Ghent A.D. 1447, and was formally canonised by Pope Pius VII in the year 1807.