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A Gentle Spirituality For Our Busy, Daily Lives

St. Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622) wrote two spiritual classics that remain fresh and timely to this day, The Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God. Based on these works and the Gospel, Salesian spirituality offers a simple way of reconciling the often conflicting demands of home, family, career, church and community.

St. Francis assures us that our daily duties in life are the most important tasks we have on our path to holiness. As we walk this path, we will see more and more clearly what God wants us to be and to do.

Is God Calling You?

One busy mother of five told us, "Being a part of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales provides a balance in my life. It gives me peace, knowing I can bring holiness to all my daily responsibilities as a mother and as a wife, and really, all my roles in life."

Do you also long for meaning in your life? Do you want your personal joys, work, hopes, prayers and suffering to have value? Do you desire friendship within a spiritual family? If so, Salesian spirituality may be the answer to God's call for you.

Learn more about becoming an associate of the St. Francis de Sales Association.


The Beatification Cause for Our Foundress

Prayer for the Beatification of Mmd Carre de MalbergPrayer for the Beatification of Mmd Carre de Malberg

The foundress of the St. Francis de Sales Association, Venerable Caroline Barbe Colchen Carré de Malberg, is under consideration for beatification by the Vatican. The postulator for her cause for sainthood has asked to be sent testimonies of special favors granted after petitioning Mme Carre for help. Please join us in using this prayer to obtain what is needed for her beatification.

Prayer to Obtain the Beatification of the Venerable Caroline Barbe Colchen Carré de Malberg

Lord, you put in the heart of
Caroline Carre the desire to
love you without refusing you
anything. Following her
example, make me live by
the Spirit of Jesus, welcoming
daily events according to God's plan.

Deign to manifest her holiness
in granting, through her intercession,
the graces necessary for me,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray it often and ask Caroline Carré to intercede for us.

November 2015

Portrait of Mme Carre de MalbergPortrait of Mme Carre de Malberg.

The General Council at the meeting of November 2015 requests that the envelope containing the original testimony, which should be sealed and marked Testimony Mme Carré, needs to be sent inside another envelope. Everything is to be mailed to:

Les Amis de L’Entraide Salesienne
Centre Salesien
57-59 rue Leon Frot
75011 Paris, France

The center in Paris will keep the register and send them on to Father Briñon in Rome. If there is also a pdf version, then this can be sent to a Councilor who will forward it to Paris and post on the website, if permission is given. If Associates need additional clarification, please contact your group or regional directress.

May 9, 2014 - Decree of Heroic Virtues

On the afternoon of May 9, 2014, the Holy Father Francis received in private audience his Eminence the most Reverend Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning: the heroic virtues of the venerable Servant of God Caroline Barbara Colchen Carré de Malberg, 'mother of a family' (hard to translate it's more like 'wife and mother"), founder of the Society of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales; born in Metz (France) April 8, 1829 and died in Lorry-les-Metz (France) on January 28, 1891. The next step in the beatification process will be to present the dossier on the miracle attributed to Mme Carré both to a scientific commission of doctors who need to certify that that there is no natural explanation for the cure and to a theological commission who will seek to determine that the cure is attributed to God solely through her intercession.

Decree of Heroic Virtues of Caroline Barbe Colchen Carre de Malberg, May 9, 2014:

June 1909

The announcement of Mme Carre de Malberg's cause for sainthood in 1909.The announcement of Mme Carre de Malberg's cause for sainthood in 1909.

Over one hundred years ago, in June 1909, the cause for the beatification of our foundress, Caroline-Barbe Colchen-Carré de Malberg, was opened by the diocese of Metz, where she died. It was officially accepted for consideration by the Vatican in Rome.

Privacy Policy

Posted January 19, 2009

Overview for all Site Visitors

The St. Francis de Sales Association respects the privacy needs of our website visitors and our Association members. This Privacy Policy outlines what specific information is gathered on the St. Francis de Sales Association website (at www.sfdsassociation.org) and how that information is used.

Email Communications Policy

The St. Francis de Sales Association adheres strictly to a permission-based email policy. The Association will not send you unsolicited commercial offers or advertisements via email or other emails unrelated to Association business. We will not share, sell, rent or loan the contact information we collect online or offline to any outside persons or organizations.

Information Collection and Use

Contact Forms
Visitors of this site are invited to voluntarily fill out online forms to inquire about the Association, Salesian spirituality, or to provide feedback to our webmaster . These forms ask the visitor to provide a first name, last name and email address so that we may follow up on your request. This information is used to respond with electronic communications to the visitor. If a visitor opts to provide additional contact information, such as street address, city, state, and phone numbers, this information may be used to communicate via phone and/or print as well. Information collected on this form will never be shared or sold outside St. Francis de Sales Association without prior authorization from you. At this time, we cannot fathom a circumstance when we would even ask for authorization to share information collected.

Option to Opt-Out from Email Communications
Visitors who have provided their name and email address by submitting an online form on this site may notify the Association that they do NOT wish to be contacted by the Association in the future in one of two ways: 1) Submit your request in writing to: St. Francis de Sales Association, c/o Katey Charles Communications, 106 W. Madison, Suite 240, St. Louis, MO, 63122 or 2) simply reply to any email communications from the Association with the subject line: PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM YOUR LIST OF CONTACTS.

Web Statistics
While IP addresses (address of a computer) are logged to track a visitor’s session on our website, the user's identity is anonymous. Tracking IP addresses gives the St. Francis de Sales Association information, in aggregate form, about which parts of our site are used most often and what information is viewed. IP addresses are not linked to anything that can personally identify a visitor. Thus, session details are tracked for informational purposes, but the user is anonymous.

Information Use by Third Parties
It is the policy of the St. Francis de Sales Association to never provide your personal information to third parties without your express permission or only in instances where such disclosure is necessary to process payment transactions or provide services that you have requested. We do not release personal information about you as an individual. The St. Francis de Sales Association will not share with third parties any more information than is necessary to perform the transaction you have requested. There is one exception to this policy: if the St. Francis de Sales Association is compelled to do so by an appropriately empowered governmental authority. Again, at this time, we cannot fathom a circumstance where we would be compelled to provide information by authorities.

Additional Information for Those who Access This Site Using an Associate Login

Email Communications, Option to Unsubscribe
You may be given the opportunity to voluntarily sign up online for a variety of email communications from the Association, whether it be newsletters, urgent updates, feedback requests, or otherwise. Those who sign up are required to provide only an email address, first name, last name. This information is used to send electronic communications to the participant. If a visitor opts to provide additional contact information, such as street address, city, state, and phone numbers, this information may be used to communicate via phone and/or print as well. Information collected on such forms will never be shared or sold outside the St. Francis de Sales Association without prior authorization from you.  All such emails that you have specifically requested have an option to unsubscribe. To do so, simply reply to such a communication with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line, and you will be removed from our email list.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website.

Links to Other Sites

This website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by the St. Francis de Sales Association. Please be aware that we, the St. Francis de Sales Association, are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site (your address bar will no longer contain www.sfdsassociation.org) and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this website. 

Contact Us

Maintaining the privacy of your information is of paramount importance to us, as it helps foster confidence, goodwill and stronger relationships with you, our online visitors. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about our privacy practices, innappropriate content or activities, please feel free to contact us online or via U.S. mail at St. Francis de Sales Association, c/o Katey Charles Communications, 106 W. Madison, Suite 240, St. Louis, MO, 63122.