The Venerable Anne de Guigné
Portrait photograph of Anne de Guigné
Born April 25, 1911, Annecy-le-Vieux, Haute-Savoie, France
Died January 14, 1922, Annecy-le-Vieux, Haute-Savoie, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church

The Venerable Anne de Guigné (April 25, 1911 - January 14, 1922) was a French girl who is being considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church.

Life and death

Anne was the oldest of four siblings. Her parents were wealthy. Anne's father was Count Jacques de Guigné, second lieutenant in the 13th Battalion,Chambery of Chasseurs Alpins. Anne's mother was born Antoinette de Charette on September 19, 1886, the great-niece of Francois de Charette, the well-known General who led the soldiers of France in the Battle of Patay. Anne's maternal grandmother Francoise Eulalie Marie Madeleine de Burbon-Busset was a direct descendant of the sixth son of King Louis IX of France, Robert, Count of Clermont.[1]

On July 29, 1915, when Anne was four years old, her father was killed in action in World War I. Before her father's death, everyone knew her to be a spoiled and capricious child who was jealous of her little brother Jacques (Jojo) and younger sisters Madeleine (Leleine) and Marie-Antoinette (Marinette)[2] and deeply proud. From the day of her father's death, Anne decided to become kind and obedient in order to please and console her mother. The change was immediate. She was only four years and three months old at the time, but between her and Jesus arose, through an extraordinary gift of grace, an intense conversation of love. There was born inside her the desire to prove to Jesus how much love she had for him, offering Him many sacrifices, including the pain and suffering she had to endure when she became gravely ill with meningitis[2] on December 19, 1921.[3]

Anne died peacefully at 5:25 a.m. on January 14, 1922.[3]

Cause for beatification

She was declared Venerable on March 3, 1990 by Pope John Paul II.[4]


  1. Benedictine Nun of Stanbrook. Anne: The Life of Ven. Anne De Guigné. TAN Books and Publishers, Inc. pp. 120. ISBN 0895555999. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cruz, Joan Carroll. Saintly Youth of Modern Times. Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. pp. 222. ISBN 159276004X. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 1911-1922 Venerable Anne of Guigne - Catholic Tradition biography
  4. 1911-1922 Venerable Anne of Guigné - Catholic Tradition

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