Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, 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.
the Poor Clares habit from Peter de Luna, whom the French recognized 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 reknowned for her sanctity,
ecstacies, and visions of the Passion, and prophesied her own death in her convent at Ghent,
Belgium. A branch of the Poor Clares is still known as the Collettines. She was canonized in 1807.
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