St. Joan

Saint Joan of Valois, also known as Joan of France, was the daughter of King Louis XI of France and Charlotte of Savoy. Despite pressure to marry and secure political alliances, Joan felt a calling to religious life. She attempted to enter the Order of the Poor Clares but was refused due to her health. Joan then co-founded the Order of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, devoting herself to prayer and caring for the sick and poor. She is remembered for her humility, piety, and dedication to serving others. Saint Joan of Valois was canonized as a saint by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

Feast Day is on February 4

Patronage: Prisoners, brides, widows, and those rejected by religious orders