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Francis de Sales
CO, OM, OFM Cap.
Bishop of Geneva
Native name François de Sales
Province Vienne
Diocese Geneva
Appointed 15 July 1602 (Coadjutor)
Installed 8 December 1602
Term ended 28 December 1622
Predecessor Claude de Granier
Successor Jean-François de Sales
Ordination 18 December 1593
by Claude de Granier
Consecration 8 December 1602
by Vespasien Gribaldi
Personal details
Born (1567-08-21)21 August 1567
Château de Sales, Duchy of Savoy, Holy Roman Empire
Died 28 December 1622(1622-12-28) (aged 55)
Lyons, Lyonnais, Kingdom of France
Previous post Titular Bishop of Nicopolis ad Iaterum (1602)
Motto Non-excidet
Coat of arms
Feast day

24 January
23 January Anglican Church of Wales
29 January (local communities and among Traditional Roman Catholics)

Venerated in

Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion

Title as Saint Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Beatified 8 January 1661
Rome, Papal States,
by Pope Alexander VII
Canonized 8 April 1665
Rome, Papal States,
by Pope Alexander VII
Attributes Heart of Jesus, Crown of Thorns
Patronage Baker, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; Catholic press; Columbus, Ohio; confessors; deaf people; educators; Upington, South Africa; Wilmington, Delaware; writers; journalists; the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Shrines Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France

We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.
Saint Francis de Sales
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
Saint Francis de Sales
The thoughts of those moved by natural human love are almost completely fastened on the beloved, their hearts are filled with passion for it, and their mouths full of its praises.
Saint Francis de Sales
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
A good discourse is that from which nothing can be retrenched without cutting into the quick.
Saint Francis de Sales
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
Saint Francis de Sales
So many have come to me that I might serve them, leaving me no time to think of myself. However, I assure you that I do feel deep down within me, God be praised.
Saint Francis de Sales
Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others, and talk to God.
Saint Francis de Sales
While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.
Saint Francis de Sales
True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.
There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love – every man works his oar voluntarily!
Saint Francis de Sales
Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
Saint Francis de Sales
Be who you are and be that well.
By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God.
Saint Francis de Sales
Those who love to be feared fear to be loved.
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.
There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.
The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.
Saint Francis de Sales
To live according to the spirit is to love according to the spirit.
Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.
Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.
Saint Francis de Sales
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
Saint Francis de Sales