St. John Regis was born in January 1597 in France. When he was 18 years old, he became a Jesuit. Also a preacher and catechist, St. John Regis was great with children and helped bring their parents back to the church. He also evangelized in areas where the Huguenots had prevailed and people had left the church. The Jesuit found great success in converting farmers and others from the country. Additionally, St. John Regis helped girls who wished to stay out of the city learn lace making as a trade. Therefore, he is patron saint of lace makers. St. John Regis died in 1640 at age 43.