ST. COLETTE – Patron of Loss of Parents
Short for Nicolette, her mother was 60 and expectedly barren when she gave birth to her. Colette was orphaned at the age of 17. Rather than marrying, she wanted to live a religious life. As an adult, she transferred from the Beguines to the Order of Poor Clares, and was instructed to raise monasteries for then-current Pope Benedict XIII. Up to her death, she raised 18 monasteries, all advocating living in poverty.
1/13/1381, Duchy of Burgundy -3/6/1447, Duchy of Burgundy
Patronage: Expectant mothers, Sick children, Loss of parents
Feast Day: March 6
Memorial Day Mar 6