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A Short Biography of Saint Joan of Arc

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A Short Biography of Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan was born on January 6, 1412, in the village of Domremy to

Jacques and Isabelle d'Arc. Joan was the youngest of their five children.

While growing up among the fields and pastures of her village, she was

called Jeannette but when she entered into her mission, her name was

changed to Jeanne, la Pucelle, or Joan, the Maid.

As a child she was taught domestic skills as well as her religion by her

mother. Joan would later say, "As for spinning and sewing, I fear no

woman in Rouen." And again, "It was my mother alone who taught me

the 'Our Father' and 'Hail Mary' and the 'Creed;' and from none other

was I taught my faith."

From her earliest of years Joan was known for her obedience to her

parents, religious fervor, goodness, unselfish generosity and kindness

toward her neighbors. Simonin Munier, one of Joan's childhood friends,

tells how Joan had nursed him back to health when he was sick. Some of

her playmates teased her for being 'too pious.' Others remembered how

she would give up her bed to the homeless stranger who came to her

father's door asking for shelter.

Joan was 'like all the others' in her village until her thirteenth year.

"When I was about thirteen, I received revelation from Our Lord by a

voice which told me to be good and attend church often and that God

would help me." She stated that her 'Voices' were Saint Michael the

Archangel, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret. At first her 'Voices' came

to her two or three times a week but as the time for her mission drew

near (five years later), they visited her daily telling her to 'Go into France'

to raise the siege of Orleans, conduct the Dauphin Charles to Reims for

his crowning and to drive the English from the land.

Joan went to the neighboring town of Vaucouleurs, which means Valley of many colors. There she spoke to the loyal

French governor by the name of Sir Robert de Baudricourt. After many rejections he finally agreed to send her to the

Dauphin who at the time was living at the castle of Chinon.

On the evening of February 23, 1429, she began her mission for God. In the company of six men, she rode through the

Gate of France on her way to Chinon. Joan reached this town on March 6th, but was not received by the Dauphin,

Charles, until the evening of March 9th.

After being accepted and approved by a Church council headed by the Archbishop of Reims, Joan was allowed to lead

the Dauphin's army. This part of her career was meteoric. She entered



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