St. Francis Xavier By: gabe schaffer

St. Francis Xavier was a Navarre Basque Roman Catholic missionary. He was born April 7, 1506.

On August 15, 1534, Francis Xavier along with Peter Favre, and several others made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The men traveled to the Holy Land to convert non believers. Francis Xavier started his study of theology the same year and was ordained on June 24, 1537.

Xavier built 40 churches for the people of the Pearl Fishery Coast. St. Francis Xavier ran into difficulty in his mission because he usually worked to convert the people first, instead of their leaders. In doing all of this he was helping the reform.

Xavier finished his work in Japan for the time and decided to return to India with a stop in Goa. He was set to meet with the Chinese emperor and argue for the release of several Portuguese prisoners. Xavier decided to make the trip to China, but first felt the need to return to his headquarters in Goa.

Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V on Oct. 25, 1619, and canonized by Gregory XV on March 12, 1622 at the same ceremony as Ignatius of Loyola. He is the patron saint of Catholic missions and his feast day is on December 3.

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