Francis was born to a rich, noble family in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a very intelligent and gentle person and he always worked to serve God. He kept his Christian to the priesthood a secret because his father wanted him to focus on getting a career in law and politics.
Francis gained his vocation with God when he was riding a horse through the countryside one day. He fell off of the horse three times and every time he fell, the sword that he was carrying fell next to him in the same position of the cross. After many disagreements with his father, Francis was ordained to the priesthood and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva, in 1593, by the Bishop of Geneva.
Francis is known as the Patron of Deafness because he was known for catechizing deaf people. His feast day is on January 24.
Saint Francis de Sales, we ask you to give ease and provide miracles for anyone suffering from deafness. Please provide them with ease and the wonderful gift of hearing. We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.