St Francis de Sales

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St Francis de Sales was born in France in 1567. He is known for his gentleness and for giving simple, clear instructions of Catholic doctrine that brought many people back to the faith. Francis knew his vocation for thirteen years, but he never wanted to push his desires onto God so he waited until God made it clear to him. Once God made Francis’ vocation clear, he became a priest and he converted 40, 000 people, back to Catholicism after the reformation. He even learned sign language in order to bring the message to the deaf. He became Bishop of Geneva and evangelised to children wherever he could. His writings lead him to be declared Doctor of the Church in 1877. Francis de Sales died in 1622 and was canonised a saint in 1665. He is the patron saint of deaf people, journalists and writers.

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