No, she wasn’t a Benedictine but as Benedictines do what needs to be done, could she be counted as Benedictine-like? I think so!
Writing on May 30, I celebrated the feast of the great French Joan (Jeanne d’Arc) so, in Orleans, where I saw the immense gold-colored statue of her mounted—she is celebrated as a patron. Here in the USA many of the Jeannes and Joans claim her as a saintly model. She has always been a favorite (historically) of mine.
Not only was she inspired to lead the French army that England had more or less annexed—putting its monarch also over France during part of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453)—but she had to spend a year of imprisonment later when the Burgundians literally sold her to the English before she was subjected to a so-called ecclesiastical trial by the “patriotic” clerics whose country had been unable to keep the French as subjects, thanks mostly to the efforts of this warrior saint who suffered twice with arrow wounds during her successful leadership.
It was the English who then got their revenge for her restoring the legitimate monarchy to the throne of France by convicting her of witchcraft and heresy.
Benedictines, too, have been subject to many oppressive measures and death at times. I detail several of these tragedies in my book, such as during the Reformation and French Revolution. Benedictines sometimes suffered dislocation, exile, and martyrdom simply because they lived the monastic life.
Joan’s rigged trial resulted in a conviction labeling her a witch and heretic. This has referred to as a case of “political holiness” that was certainly more political than holy.
This young heroine of the French was only nineteen in 1431 (May 30) when she was burned at the stake. Twenty-five years later, not unlike many falsely condemned Benedictines historically rejuvenated, she was absolved by an ecclesiastical investigation of the earlier ecclesiastical conviction.
During that trial she was asked if she was in the state of grace. Her reply is quotable. She said:
If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.”
It was 1920 when the Vatican declared her canonization. So we see the once condemned now called Saint Joan.