To her residence came all the distinguished and devout people of the day in Paris, among them Mme de Meignelay, née de Gondi, a model of Christian widows, Mme Jourdain and Mme de Bréauté, future Carmelites, the Chancellor de Merillac, Père Coton the Jesuit, St. Francis of Sales, who for six months was Mme Acarie's director. Teresa, appeared to her and informed her that God wished to make use of her to found Carmelite convents in France.The pious woman had been living thus retired from the world, but sought by chosen souls, when, toward the end of 1601, there appeared a French translation of Ribera's life of St. The translator, Abbé de Brétigny, was known to her. The apparitions continuing, Mme Acarie took counsel and began the work.
Her three daughters had preceded her into the cloister, and one of them was sub-prioress at Amiens.Mme Acarie also shared in two foundations of the day, that of the Oratory and that of the Ursulines.She urged De Bérulle to refuse the tutorship of Louis XIII, and on 11 November, 1611 she, with St.In 1684, through obedience she married Pierre Acarie, a wealthy young man of high standing, who was a fervent Christian, to whom she bore six children. Pierre Acarie was one of the staunchest members of the League, which, after the death of Henry III, opposed the succession of the Huguenot prince, Henry of Navarre, to the French throne.He was one of the sixteen who organized the resistance in Paris.