St.Francis Xavier devoted himself to religious service and became one of the founders of the Jesuit order.
Much of his life was spent tending to missions in areas such as India and Japan.
While waiting in Venice, Italy, to depart for the Holy Land, Xavier worked in a hospital, aiding those in need.
Xavier arrived in Goa, India, on May 6, 1542. He came to be admired in that country for his ability to live and work side by side with the poor.
When fighting between Venice and the Ottoman Empire made a trip to Jerusalem impossible, Xavier instead went to Rome, where he and others in the society offered their services to the pope.