St. COLETTE, VIRGIN
By Richard Mc Brien
Colette (1381–1447) was a Franciscan nun who devoted herself to the reform of Franciscan religious life through the restoration of the Rule of Francis [October 4] and Clare [August 11]. Born in Picardy, she took up the life of a hermit near Corbie abbey. As her reputation for holiness grew, many came to her for spiritual direction. The antipope Benedict XIII (1394–1417) professed her as a Poor 40 the pocket guide to the saints Clare and placed her in charge of all convents she wouldestablish or wish to reform; she founded seventeen and
reformed several others. She was canonized in 1807.