Saints related to Patron-of-teachers

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  • St. Francis de Sales
    St. Francis de Sales was born in Savoy (France) in 1567. He was ordained a priest and sent to Chablais to try to restore Catholicism; there he converted thousands. At the age of 35, he became bishop of Geneva and he two works which would be considered masterpieces, Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God.
  • St. John Baptist de la Salle
    St. John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France in 1651. He was ordained a priest and founded the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools. He pioneered the technique of learning in classrooms rather than by one-on-one tutoring. He emphasized teaching in French rather than Latin.
  • St. Joseph
    Most people recognize St. Joseph for his role in the Christmas story, as the husband of the Virgin Mary as well as the foster father of Jesus. Because of his blessed death, assisted by the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is the patron of a happy death.
    Typically shown as a robed and bearded man. Often shown with carpentry tools, a lily and the child Jesus.
  • St. Nicholas
    St. Nicholas dedicated his life to serving God as a priest, and then as a bishop. One of the best known stories of St. Nicholas is one where he saved three girls from slavery by paying their dowry. His legends led way to his being associated with Santa Claus.
  • St. Ursula
    St. Ursula, a Christian princess, had embarked on a pilgrimage to Rome with her companions to avoid an arranged marriage to a pagan king, desiring instead to remain a virgin. They were all martyred by Huns in Cologne while returning from the pilgrimage.