Franciscan Saints




3rd June



St. Joan of Arc


Virgin, Third Order


Joan was born on January 6th, 1412 at Domrémy, in the Duchy of Bar, Kingdom of France; Died 30th May 1431 (aged 19) in Rouen, France (then controlled by England);She is honoured in both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion; Beatified 18 April 1909, Notre Dame de Paris by Pope Pius X; Canonized 16 May 1920, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Pope Benedict XV

 Patronage:  France ; martyrs; captives; military personnel; people ridiculed for their piety; prisoners; soldiers, women who have served in the WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service); and Women's Army Corps

Documentary proof that Joan was ever actually a tertiary is lacking though Habig records that there was no doubt that she lived like a Tertiary and was so referred to by her contemporaries. According to Marion Habig OFM, existing evidence established that there was a serious probability in the eyes of the most impartial critic that St. Joan of Arc was a member of the third Order of St. Francis. Habig then records “There are plenty of historical questions no better founded” than her membership in the Third Order, and yet they are “commonly accepted” (Forum, 1932,p,19, in the Franciscan Book of Saints 1959, ps.392-393)


Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: Jeanne d'Arc, ca. 1412– 30 May 1431), is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in what is now eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of "insubordination and heterodoxy," and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was only 19 years old.


Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr.Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is – along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux – one of the patron saints of France. Joan said that she had visions from God that instructed her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and lifted the siege in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims and settled the disputed succession to the throne.

 To the present day, Joan of Arc has remained a significant figure in Western civilization.





Prayer of the Church

(Over the People on Tuesday of Passion Week)


Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, perseverance in obedience

to Thy will, that in our days the people who serve Thee may

increase both in merit and in number.

Through  Christ Our Lord Who liveth  and reigneth
Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen



Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Joan of Arc, modified 26 April 2013,, Accessed 29 April 2013,<web:>


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