Jeanne d’Arc, most commonly known as Joan of Arc and the Maid of Orléans, was born on January 6th, 1412 in Domremy, Champagne, France; the area was loyal towards France and Charles V11 while it was surrounded by its opposition, the Burgundians, loyal towards the Duchy of Burgundy. She is the daughter of Jacques d’Arc, who was a peasant farmer, and Isabelle Romée and the youngest of five children. She has spent the early 12 years of her life sewing, spinning, wandering around the pastures of her father’s farm, and prayed multiple times, kneeling in front of the church. However, once she reached the age of 13, she experienced visions and voices. The most notable one was when she was in the fields at the summer of 1425.
She was a peasant girl who, like many girls of that time, could not read or write. Her father, Jacques, was a wealthy tenant farmer and her mother, Isabelle Romee, taught her how to sow, spin, and cook which she was proud of. She also spent much of her time praying to and serving God. She lived like most children did at that time, until when she was about thirteen. According to Wagenknecht: "The Vision first came when she was first thirteen...." 1 The vision was Saint Michael who said she should be a good girl and go to church.
In honor of her victory she is often called the Maid of Orleans. This is a story of her life. Joan was not a well-educated woman. She had never learned to read or write but was skilled in sewing and spinning. Her deeply religious mother and father, Isabelle and Jacques d'Arc raised her.
While she was there, she lived as the French royal family (Haws Early Life par 1 and 2). When she set off to France, she traveled with the Children of Scotland’s Nobility, which included the Four Marys. They are the women who would stay with her throughout anything (“Mary Queen of Scots Bio” par 5). They were also educated at the French court with Mary, where she was brought up. During her stay in France, King Henry gave Mary precedence over his own daughters, since she was going to marry his son in the future.
She wanted to be left alone to carry out her humble duties as a Daughter of Charity. For over forty years, she spent her every effort in caring for the aged and infirm, not revealing to those about her that she had been the recipient of our Lady's medal. The Sisters with whom she lived held her in the highest esteem, and each one longed to be her companion. In 1876, Catherine felt she would die before the end of the year. Mary Immaculate gave Catherine leave to speak and break the silence of forty-six years.
During her childhood she tended her father’s herds in the fields and was taught religion and housekeeping skills from her mother. Joan was a simple, illiterate peasant girl. She started having visions and hearing voices around the age of 13. The voices were later identified as those of St. Gabriel, St. Michael, St. Marguerite, and St. Catherine. This made her believe that God wanted France to be free from the British.
At age 12, Agnes felt a calling from God but did not know for certain. After sometime she decided to talk with the Father confessor to ask how she can be sure. The father informed her that the deep inner joy that she feels is the compass that indicated her direction in life. In 1929, when Agnes was only 19 she was in Calcutta preparing to become a teacher and a nun. Ever since the beginning of her journey she was always concerned for the poor, but she spent her early adulthood in her assigned ministry as a geography teacher.
n Tennessee William’s drama play, The Glass Menagerie, the character Amanda is mostly concerned with her children's well being. After her husband abandoned her and their two children, Tom and Laura, Amanda had to raise both of them single-handedly until they were grown ups. Williams’ drama “involving only four characters, is built around Amanda and her effect upon raising her children” (Tholl, 1337). Amanda cared for her children's health, appearance, and future while also being concerned with what they do in their free time. Being the mother that she is, Amanda wishes nothing but “success and happiness for her precious children” (Williams 1996).
Sarah had her heart broken but this is when she realized she had to stop trying to fill the mold which her parents expected of her, this is where most of her struggles begins. Sarah always religious person, but after her father passed away she stayed up north to mourn on her own at this time she met this Quaker family. The Quaker family, Israel and his wife Rebecca, open their arms for Sarah and hooked her interest toward the Quaker religion, because abolitionist beliefs and the fact that women were allowed to be minsters. The Quaker beliefs amazed Sarah because she saw an opportunity to express opinions which has been on her heart for the majority of her life. After Israel’s wife died, Sarah decide to go up north to Philadelphia to live with Israel and his children to learn about Quaker religion and become a part of the church.
In 1874 she was asked to manage a small orphanage called the “House of Providence.” She had various obstacles and abuse in her work, but she stuck to it and, with several others that she recruited, took her first vows in 1877. The bishop put her in charge as the Superior. Three years later the effort to build up the orphanage failed, and the Bishop gave up and ordered the place closed. He sent for Sister Cabrini and told her now was the time to become a missionary sister since he did not know of any institute that had one. Mother Cabrini and seven followers moved into a forgotten Franciscan friary to set up a community to teach Christian education to girls and named the community “The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.” Within two years more houses were opened.