Saint Anne is the primary patron of the province of Quebec, Canada, celebrated at the Basilica of Saint Anne de Beauprй.
Earlier, the cult of Mary had grown rapidly in Europe, largely as the result of the ministry of Bernard of Clairvaux, creating a receptive atmosphere for Saint Anne's recognition.
According to Christian tradition, Saint Anne (also Ann or Anna) was the mother of the Virgin Mary.
The Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, and Carmelites supported the veneration of Saint Anne.
Saint Anne has long been venerated in the Orthodox churches, but did not gain importance in the West until the thirteenth century.
Saint Anne is not named in the canonical Gospels or anywhere else in the New Testament.
A canon in the Greek Office of Saint Anne was composed by Saint Theophanes, and later by Anatolius of Byzantium (died 458).
Saint Anne was not venerated much by the Latin Church before the thirteenth century, except in the south of France.