The Patron of Our School
The Patron Saint of Our School Saint Francis Xavier was born on April 7, 1506, in a castle near Sanguesa in Navarre (part of present-day Spain). With encouragement from his friend Ignatius of Loyola, Xavier devoted himself to religious service and became one of the founders of the Jesuit order. Much of his life was spent tending to missions in areas such as India and Japan. He was 46 when he died on China's Shangchuan Island on December 3, 1552. He was a member of a noble family, and his childhood was one of privilege-however, it was disrupted by his father's death, as well as by outside efforts to take control of Navarre. In 1525, Xavier went to study at the University of Paris.
There, he encountered Ignatius of Loyola, who did his utmost to convince Xavier to join him on the same path of devotion. Though at first hesitant, Xavier was eventually inspired by his friend's example. On August 15, 1534, in the Montmartre section of Paris, Xavier, Loyola and five others pledged themselves to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). In addition to vows of celibacy and poverty, they also promised to visit the Holy Land. While waiting in Venice, Italy, to depart for the Holy Land, Xavier worked in a hospital, aiding those in need. He also became a priest, on June 24, 1537. When fighting between Venice and the Ottoman Empire made a trip to Jerusalem impossible, Xavier instead went to Rome, where he and others in the society offered their services to the pope. Xavier arrived in Goa, India, on May 6, 1542.
With grateful hearts we breathe today,
The tender feelings of our love;
We sing to you our song this day,
To you, great Saint in heaven above.
Ch. Oh Xavier dear, from thy bright throne,
Incline your ear unto our prayer;
O'er us all as over your own,
Extend your fond paternal care.
More favoured than earth's greatest king,
You are our guardian and our friend;
We come with joyful hearts to sing,
Be with us now and to the end.
As we live our life from day to day,
We raise our eyes to you for care;
Keep us from harm today and everyday,
To bring God's love to everyone and everywhere.