Her father, Nicholas Avrillot was accountant general in the Chamber of Paris, and chancellor of Marguerite of Navarre, first wife of Henri IV; while her mother, Marie Lhuillier was a descendant of Etienne Marcel, the famous prévôt des marchands (chief municipal magistrate).
She was placed with the Poor Clares of Longchamp for her education, and acquired there a vocation for the cloister, which subsequent life in the world did not alter.
Mlle de Longueville wishing to defray the cost of erecting the first monastery, in Rue St.
Jacques, Henry IV granted letters patent, 18 July, 1602.
In 1618, the year of Mme Acarie's death, it numbered fourteen houses.
The climate in the Alpilles is considered Mediterranean.
The winters are mild and dry and the summers hot and dry.
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.