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,
He came to be admired in that country for his ability
to live and work side by side with the poor. Xavier
continued to travel; his stops included Ceylon, the
Molucca Islands, the Banda Islands and the Malay Peninsula.
On August 15, 1549, Xavier landed at Kagoshima, Japan.
As he had at his other missions, Xavier adapted to local
mores and arranged for the translation of religious
texts. Xavier's next focus for missionary work was China.
He traveled to Sancian (Shangchuan) Island, near Canton,
but was not able to access the mainland because borders
had been closed to foreigners. Before he could find
a way inside the country, illness incapacitated Xavier.
He died on the island on December 3, 1552, at the age
of 46. His body was then taken to Goa. Though he passed
away at a relatively young age, Xavier had accomplished
much in his life.
In addition to being a founding member of the Jesuit
order-the Society of Jesus was officially recognized
by Pope Paul III in 1540-he baptized an estimated 30,000
people. Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1619,
and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. A famed missionary
himself, he is now the patron saint of missionaries.
The body, having resisted extensive decay, is now in
the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, where it was placed
in a glass container encased in a silver casket on December
2, 1637. Francis Xavier was beatified 25 October 1619
by Pope Paul V and canonized 12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory
XV. The body of the saint is still enshrined at Goa
in the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
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