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Catharine Burton was a seventeenth-century nun and spiritual autobiographer, whose work, edited by her male spiritual director, did not appear in print until the late nineteenth century.
4 November 1688 CB was born at Beyton near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, into a family of ten children. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 1697 CB, now a nun called Mother Mary Xaviera of the Angels, had a vision as she sat sewing in her cell, of her patron St Francis Xavier, who "bade me write," for the glory of God, "my life and the favours God had done me." Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1714 CB died as Mother Superior of the English Carmelite convent in Hopland, Antwerp; she was said to have made a holy death. Bibliographic Citation link.
1876 CB's manuscript autobiography was published, edited by H. J. Coleridge and others, as An English Carmelite:The Life of Catharine Burton, Mother Mary Xaviera of the Angels, of the English Teresian Convent at Antwerp. Bibliographic Citation link.
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