Leadership and service are strong words.  Each term has multiple meanings in our world and particularly in our Christian faith.  St. Francis de Sales is a great example of leadership and service. He is the patron saint of our parish, St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor, NY and of our school St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. 

St. Francis de Sales was born on August 21, 1567 in Chateau de Sales, Thorens-Glieres, France.  His father was Francois de Sales. His mother was Francoise de Sionnz. He was the first of twelve children.  St. Francis deSales was a bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic church. He is known for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant reformation.

     St. Francis de Sales is known for many things. He was a very good writer.  He is the first French writer to be named a Doctor of the Church. His quotes are used and are displayed throughout our school, SFDSCA.  He is the patron saint of journalism and newspapers. 

Francis is also known as “the Gentleman saint” because of his patience and gentleness. The Oblates of St. Francis serve in the spirit of their founder spreading optimism, hope, and freedom in both big and small ways.

St. Francis deSales once said, “Be who you are, and be that well.” This quote is very inspiring because it tells everyone to not be afraid of who you are and to not let anyone influence you.  Each person needs to be the best that they can be. By saying this he also showed leadership and courage. 

“Have patience with all things, but first of all, with yourself,” wrote St. Francis de Sales.  These immortal words show his gentle nature of service and humility. St. Francis died on December 28th, 1622, at the age of 55.  He was canonized as a saint in 1665 and his feast day is January 24th. Each year on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales we celebrate Mass at our parish and honor our patron saint in our school and in our church.