St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales is well-known as the patron saint of writers and especially for his book Introduction to the Devout Life. The book's popularity began immediately upon its release among both Catholics and protestants, and has persisted ever since. It was unique at the time for being written for laypeople and especially women; earlier books tended to target the clergy.


Lifetime: 1567 to 1622
Region: Modern France
Patronages: Writers; Deaf people; Educators; Confessors
Iconograpy: Bishop vestments; Pen and book; Sacred heart
Feast Day: January 24

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