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St.-Colette-of-Corbie-2Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on 13 January 1380, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed her inheritance to the poor. She became a Franciscan tertiary, and lived at Corby as a solitary. She soon became well known for her holiness and spiritual wisdom, but left her cell in 1406 in response to a dream directing her to reform the Poor Clares. She received the Poor Clares habit from Peter de Luna, whom the French recognised as Pope under the name of Benedict XIII, with orders to reform the Order and appointing her Superior of all convents she reformed. Despite great opposition, she persisted in her efforts. She founded seventeen convents with the reformed rule and reformed several older convents. She was well-known for her sanctity, ecstacies, and visions of the Passion, and prophesied her own death in 1447 in her convent at Ghent, Belgium. A branch of the Poor Clares is still known as the Collettines. She was canonised in 1807. – Catholic Online

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