St Francis de Sales

Patron saint of publishers - seemed a good place to start!  Born in 1567 and died just after Christmas in 1622, St Frances was a Bishop of Geneva. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. His feast day is 24 January.

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St Anselm of Canterbury

St Anselm's motto was faith seeking understanding - in some small way that is what we hope to achieve. Born around 1033, St Anselm was a Benedictine monk who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093, serving until his death in April 1109). He has been a major influence in Western theology and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1720 by Pope Clement XI. His feast day is 21 April.

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St William of Perth

Also known as Saint William of Rochester he came from Scotland but was martyred in Kent on his way to the Holy Places. From wild beginnings, William became a baker and a devoted servant of God, accustomed to giving every tenth loaf he baked to the poor. William was killed by the child he had adopted and was buried in Rochester Cathedral (a shrine second only to St Thomas Becket’s in Canterbury). His feast day is 23 May (sometimes listed as 22 April). Following his example the profit of every tenth book will be given to charity.