St. Francis Xavier 1506-1552; Feast Day: December 3

Francis Xavier was one of the first companions and founders of the Society of Jesus. He became a close friend of Ignatius Loyola at the University of Paris. Xavier came to share Ignatius' vision through making the Spiritual Exercises, and realized that vision through missionary labors in India, Indonesian archipelago and Japan. He was the first Jesuit to go out to people of non-European culture.

St. Francis Xavier: Contemporary View of His Life and Work by Debra Mooney 


Images of St. Francis Xavier  by Fr Ed Schmidt, S.J.


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Cover for St. Francis Xavier brochure In a tri-folding brochure, discover how the life of St. Francis Xavier, a friend of St. Ignatius Loyola and a founding companion of the Society of Jesus, relates to modern living.

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