Francis, born of holy and noble parents at Sales, from which his family took its name, was learned in the liberal arts, studied philosophy and theology at Paris, and obtained a doctor’s degree in canon and civil law at Padua.
He was made a provost of the church of Geneva
Ordained a priest and made a provost of the church in Geneva, he carried out his duties so well in his office that Bishop Granier made him a preacher of the Gospel to reclaim the people of Chablais from the heresy of Calvinism.
He undertook his mission with a joyous heart
Undertaking his mission with a joyous heart, it is said he brought seventy-two thousand back to the Catholic faith after overcoming many difficulties and dangers with the help of God.
He overcame many dangers with the help of God
After the death of Granier, he was consecrated Bishop and founded a new order of nuns named in honour of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin. He enlightened the Church with writings filled with heavenly doctrine.
Stricken with a grave illness at Lyons, he passed into heaven in the year 1622 and was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX.
– From: An Approved Translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London 1964