Saint Marianne Cope
The Conversion of St. Paul

St. Francis de Sales



St. Francis de Sales was born to a well-to-do family. His parents assumed he would become a lawyer and protect the family's interests, including propagating its line. Francis did obtain a law degree and after a struggle with the idea of predestination, which had become popular in Calvinist Switzerland, decided to do the best he could, eventually hearing Christ call him personally through the gospels.

He became a priest then bishop and an ardent preacher, pastor and shepherd of souls in the style of St. Vincent de Paul with whom he was friends.