January 24 – Saint Francis de Sales: Patron Saint of Journalists

Saint Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Journalists (Feast Date: January 24)

Extract from Saint Francis de Sales: “Born in the castle of Château de Thorens to a well-placed Savoyard family, the eldest of twelve children born to François de Boisy and Françoise de Sionnz. His parents intended that Francis become a lawyer, enter politics, and carry on the family line and power. He studied at La Roche and Annecy in France, taught by Jesuits. Attended the Collège de Clermont in Paris, France at age 12. In his early teens, Francis began to believe in pre-destination, and was so afraid that he was preemptorily condemned to Hell that he became ill and eventually was confined to bed. However, in January 1587 at the Church of Saint Stephen, he overcame the crisis, decided that whatever God had in store for him was for the best, and dedicated his life to God. . . . The value of his writings led to his being declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1877, and a patron of writers and journalists by Pope Pius XI in 1923. The Salesians of Don Bosco, the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, and the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales are named in his honour as is the Saint François Atoll in the Seychelles Islands.” See Picture of St. Francis de Sales. See also: Francis de Sales (Multilingual), St. Francis de Sales (EN), St. Francis de Sales (EN), San Francisco de Sales (SP),   San Francesco di Sales (IT), Saint François de Sales (FR), ŚW. FRANCISZEK SALEZY (PO). VIDEOS: St. Francis De Sales, Francis de Sales – Sage and Saint – 1, 1 of 24 Philothea by St Francis de Sales, Prayer of Saint Francis de Sales. PRAYERS by St. Francis de Sales, Devotions and Prayers to St. Francis de Sales.

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Francis de Sales on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Helicopter Crash in Australia (August 18, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 29 – September 11, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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