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Avrillot, Barbe

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(more commonly known by the. name of Acarie), founder of the Carmelite Order in France, was born in Paris,' Feb. 1, 1565. At the age of fifteen she desired to enter a monastery, but her parents, not approving of this, married her to Peter Acarie, master of accounts at Paris, and one of the warmest partisans of the League. At the submission of Paris to Henry IV in 1594, he was obliged to flee, and thus she was deserted and left in straitened circumstances. She bore her trials with courage, and having found an asylum for her children, founded the Carmelite Order, and became directress of one of the houses of reformed Carmelites, and engaged one of her friends, Madame Saint-Beuve, to establish a convent of Ursuline nuns in the same vicinity. Madame Acarie took the veil under the name "Soeur Marie d'Incarnation." She finished her days in the retirement of the Carmelite house at Pontoise, April 18, 1618, and was canonized by Pius VI in: 1791. Several French works,. the titles of which are given 'in Latin, are attributed to her: De Cautelis Adhibendis. in Vita Statu Deligendo: De Idonea ad Primam Communionem Praeparanda: De Vita Interioori: Centum circiter Monita Spiritualia: Vera Exeicitia Omnibus Animabus quae Vitam ejus consequi desiderant Utilia (Paris, 1622). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Avrillot, Barbe'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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