St. Francis Xavier Patron saint of catholic missions

Francis Xavier was roommates with St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Order of Jesuits, in college. Ignatius convinced Francis to become a priest.

While Francis was becoming a priest, Portugal started colonizing India. Pope Paul lll asked Ignatius to send a mission to India to restore their faith. Ignatius then chose Francis to go.

When Francis Xavier got to Goa, India, he started ministering the children and the sick. He then began to build churches and turn people back to Christianity, before their political leaders.

Francis then went to Japan to try to convert the Japanese to Christianity. Xavier kept going back and forth between India and Japan to keep both countries in check. Francis Xavier then died on December 3, 1552 due to fever he acquired on his ship going to China.

The Church can still grow and learn from the Reformation by staying as a whole apostolic church a remembering why we chose for a reformation back in the 1500s.


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