Next Session: Monday, January 30 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall Conference Room.
St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was born on August 21, 1567 to a noble family in Switzerland. Although he knew he had a vocation to the priesthood from a very early age, Francis hid this calling from his family, as his father desired him to marry and pursue a career in law and politics. He was ordained in 1593 after a “sharp struggle” with his father, and made the Provost of the Chapter of Geneva. Francis preached against Calvinism throughout Geneva, on foot, pushing some of the first religious tracts underneath doors that would not open to him. It is believed he brought 40,000 people to the Catholic Church through his kindness and persistent teaching of the Faith. In 1607, together with St. Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Institute of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin. St. Francis wrote innumerable letters, mostly of direction, as well as many other works. His most famous book is Introduction to the Devout Life, written originally as letters, and intended for ordinary lay people rather than just for clergy and religious. St. Francis died on December 28, 1622. He is the patron of Catholic writers and the Catholic press, and his feast day is January 24.
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