New Catholic Dictionary – Venerable Anne de Xainctonge

painting of Venerable Anne de Xainctonge, c.1687, artist unknownArticle

(1567-1621) Foundress of the Society of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, born Dijon, France; died Dole. Like Saint Angela Merici, she perceived the need of better education for her sex, and desired to imitate the work of the Jesuits. For the purpose of founding an uncloistered order of women, and opening public schools for girls, she established her first convent at Dole in 1606. The company was founded with Our Lady as general, Saint Ursula as lieutenant, and the Rule of Saint Ignatius as the basis of perfection. Declared Venerable, 1900. Commemorated, 8 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Anne de Xainctonge”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 November 2018. Web. 19 April 2021. <>