Our Patron Saint
St Joan of Arc
St. Joan is the patroness of soldiers, imprisoned people and martyrs. St. Joan of Arc’s Feast Day is on May 30. St. Joan of Arc was born in Champagne, France. St. Joan was the youngest of five children. As a child, she was skilled in sewing and was recognized for her commitment to prayer and her tender love of the poor.
Upon the urgings of the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret, St. Joan supported the King of France to regain his kingdom, lost in a war with England. To provide support for King Charles, St. Joan overcame the opposition of churchmen and courtiers, who questioned how a young seventeen year old girl could possibly help the king.
When she finally gained King Charles’ support, St. Joan raised the siege on the city of Orleans on May 8, 1429, and took the lead in a series of victories leading to the King’s coronation at Rheims shortly after. In 1430, St. Joan was captured by the enemy, sold to England, imprisoned and executed on May 30, 1431.