F. A. Forbes was the nom de plume of Mother Frances Alice Monica Forbes, RSCJ, a sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Scotland.She was born on March 16, 1869, and was named Alice Forbes. Her mother died when she was a child, and she was raised as a Presbyterian.In 1900, however, she became a Roman Catholic. Only a few months later, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart, as a 31-year-old postulant. She was to write many books, including brief biographies of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Saint John Bosco, Saint Teresa of ÃƒÂvila, Saint Columba, Saint Monica, Saint Athanasius, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Benedict, Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Saint Vincent de Paul, and, most famously, Pope Saint Pius X. The author died in 1936.