By Richard P. McBrien
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Several religious congregations have been founded under his patronage: the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Born in the duchy of Savoy, he eschewed a civil career and was ordained in 1593, soon distinguishing himself as a preacher and as a minister to the poor and the sick. After several years of difﬁcult but eventually successful efforts to reconvert many of the Calvinists of Geneva to Catholicism, he became bishop of Geneva in 1602, where january 29 he excelled in administration, preaching, catechesis, clergy education, and spiritual direction.
24 F R A NC I S DE S A L ES , B I S H O P A N D D O C TO R O F TH E C H U R C H Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was one of the originators of lay spirituality and author of the classic work Introduction to the Devout Life. Several religious congregations have been founded under his patronage: the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Born in the duchy of Savoy, he eschewed a civil career and was ordained in 1593, soon distinguishing himself as a preacher and as a minister to the poor and the sick.
305) was an early fourth-century martyr who probably died at Naples or at Cumae, which is near Naples, during the persecution of the emperor Maximian. The principal, though legendary, episode associated with her life is the lengthy argument she supposedly had with the Devil, who tried to persuade her to obey her pagan father and to marry a Roman prefect. Condemned to death, she was beheaded after a furnace and boiling oil did no harm to her. There is evidence of her cult in England at least as early as the seventh century.