Catharine Burton

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Catharine Burton (1668-1714) was an English Discalced Carmelite nun.


She was born at Beyton, Suffolk, near Bury St Edmunds, on 4 November 1668.

Feeling called to the monastic life, Burton went to the Spanish Netherlands. There she made her religious profession in the monastery of the English Discalced Carmelite nuns at Antwerp in 1694, being known in that community as Mother Mary Xaveria of the Angels, O.C.D. She acquired a reputation for sanctity, was several times elected prioress of her monastery, where she died on 9 February 1714.

A Life of her, collected from her own writings and other sources by Father Thomas Hunter, remained in manuscript till 1876. It was printed, with the title of An English Carmelite (London), under the editorial supervision of Father Henry James Coleridge, S.J.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Burton, Catharine". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.