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1948 documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Jeanne Delanoue (Joan of the Cross), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Providence

Round glass-fronted white-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) pre-canonization relic of Saint Jeanne Delanoue (Joan of the Cross). The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as B. Jeanne Delanoue (the Blessed Jeanne Delanoue). On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Jean-Camille Costes (†1950) Bishop of Angers (1940-1950). The relic is accompanied by a facsimile of the original matching authentics document issued and signed by Fr. Costes in January of 1948, only two months after the date of her beatification.

Saint Jeanne Delanoue (known under her religious name of Joan of the Cross) (†1736) was the founder of the Congregation of St. Anne of Providence, who is celebrated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The congregation Jeanne founded was renamed the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Providence. As of 2021, over 400 members serve the poor in France, Madagascar, and Sumatra. She was beatified on 8 November 1947 by Pope Pius XII and canonized on 31 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II. Her Feastday is commemorated on 17 August.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 408-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1948
  • Origin: Angers, France
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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