This unique St. Gregory patron saint medal was hand carved and cast in lead-free pewter by an American artisan from Mississippi. St. Gregory is the patron of teachers, musicians, and singers. Gregory the Great (540-604), the first monk to become pope, was raised in a wealthy family but sold his extensive properties in 573, distributed his money to the poor, and began building monasteries. As pope he worked tirelessly to save Rome during times of plague, famine, and barbarian siege. He is the patron of musicians and singers because of his promotion of liturgical music: he was so influential musically that a branch of music (the Gregorian chant) is named for him. He is the patron of teachers largely because his written works set out clear instructions for pastoral care and teaching. Gregory emphasized that teachers should adapt their work to the needs of the poor and faltering and should set personal examples for those in their care. This medal comes with a small saint card, making this great to give as a gift.