St. Francis Xavier Statue

St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), was a friend and classmate of Ignatius Loyola at the University of Paris and one of the original founders of the Society of Jesus. He is most honored for his missionary accomplishments particularly in India, Southeast Asia and Japan.

The statue of the University's patron saint is depicted wearing a standard Jesuit cassock, holding a liturgical book and wearing Japanese sandals to represent the years he spent in Japan. St. Xavier is posed reaching out in a welcoming gesture with his right hand as visitors enter the campus on St. Francis Xavier Way. 


Quick Facts

Artist: Tom Tsuchiya

Dedicated: December 2, 2011 as part of the University's celebration of St. Francis' feast day on Dec. 3

Medium: Bronze

Height: 11'3" atop an 11' base

Location: Roundabout on St. Francis Xavier Way

Additional Notes:

  • Depicted wearing his cassock and Japanese sandals as if he was in Japan on his journey toward Nagasaki
  • Steps on which Xavier stands inspired by steps at the Himeji castle (4 hours outside of Tokyo)
  • Holds a breviary (liturgical book)
  • Reaches out in a welcoming gesture
  • Took Tsuchiya about a year to sculpt the statue 
  • Tsuchiya also sculpted D'Artagnan (in front of Cintas) and Fr. James Hoff, S.J. (outside Hoff Dining Hall)

To learn more about St. Francis Xavier, click here.

Plaque Inscription:

of The Society of Jesus

Patron of Xavier University
and of Foreign Missions