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St. Francis of Sales - Patron Saint of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco

fma soccom St. Francis of Sales DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (+ 1622) Celebrated January 24 SAINT FRANCIS OF SALES Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1566-1622) Francis was born of noble and pious paren…More
fma soccom St. Francis of Sales DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (+ 1622)
Celebrated January 24
SAINT FRANCIS OF SALES
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
(1566-1622)

Francis was born of noble and pious parents, near Annecy, 1566, and studied with brilliant success at Paris and Padua. On his return from Italy he gave up the grand career which his father had marked out for him in the service of the state, and became a priest.
When the Duke of Savoy had resolved to restore the Church in the Chablais, Francis offered himself for the work, and set out on foot with his Bible and breviary and one companion, his cousin Louis of Sales. It was a work of toil, privation, and danger. Every door and every heart was closed against him. He was rejected with insult and threatened with death. But nothing could daunt or resist him, and ere long the Church burst forth into a second spring. It is stated that he converted 72,000 Calvinists.
He was then compelled by the Pope to become Coadjutor Bishop of Geneva, …More