St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of our school, was born in Spain at the Xavier castle on 8 April 1506. His association with Ignatius of Loyola changed his life. He was ordained a priest along with Ignatius on 24 June 1537 and they with four others founded the Society of Jesus. On 7 April, 1541, Francis embarked in a sailing vessel for India, and after a tedious and dangerous voyage landed at Goa, on 6 May, 1542. The first five months he spent in preaching and ministering to the sick in the hospitals. In the spring of 1545 Xavier started for Malacca. Later his zeal was aroused by the idea of introducing Christianity into Japan. After working about two years and a half in Japan he left this mission and returned to Goa. After this last visit to Goa, to Cochin and Malacca missions, on his way to China he was held up on the island of Sancian due to fever. There was no food, no medicine. Early in the morning of 3 December, 1552 Francis Xavier closed his eyes forever in grace of Christ in a very modest hut of branches and mud lumps. His passionate commitment to the service of humanity lives on...