Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d’Arc, was a French heroine and martyr. She played a significant role in the Hundred Years’ War between France and England during the 15th century.
Joan of Arc was born in 1412 and, at the age of 17, claimed to have received divine visions instructing her to support the rightful heir to the French throne and lead the French army against the English forces. Her unwavering faith and leadership inspired the French troops and led to several key victories.
However, Joan of Arc was eventually captured, accused of heresy, and put on trial. Despite her strong faith and defense, she was convicted and burned at the stake in 1431. Years later, she was exonerated and canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
Saint Joan of Arc is known as the patron saint of soldiers, France, martyrs, and the French Women’s Army Corps. She is celebrated for her courage, devotion to God, and unwavering commitment to her beliefs.
On May 30th, the feast day of Saint Joan of Arc, individuals may honor her life, seek her intercession in matters related to soldiers, France, or those facing persecution, and draw inspiration from her steadfast faith and bravery.