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Francis Xavier-Jesuit missionary
Updated: 5/8/2020
Francis Xavier-Jesuit missionary
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  • I have realized my purpose. Join me in religious service.
  • Hmmm... I do not know if I should.
  • Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)
  • Francis Xavier was born on April 07, 1506, in Xavier Castle, located near Sangüesa, in the kingdom of Navarre (part of present-day Spain).
  • In 1525, Xavier went to study at the University of Paris. He encountered Ignatius of Loyola, who had experienced a religious conversion while recovering from a war wound. Ignatius tried to convince Xavier to join him on the same path of devotion.
  • Xavier, Loyola, and five others pledged themselves to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on August 15, 1534, in the Montmartre section of Paris.
  • Patron Saint of Missionaries
  • On May 6, 1542, Xavier arrived in Goa, India. Looking for more converts, Xavier continued to travel. On August 15, 1549, Xavier landed at Kagoshima, Japan, and quickly adapted to local customs. He ordered the translation of religious texts. Doing these helped him reach more converts in the year and a half he spent in Japan.
  • King John III of Portugal issued the order for missionaries to work in his empire. Originally, Xavier wasn't involved, however, he stepped in when a priest became ill. Xavier left Rome on March 15, 1540.
  • The Society of Jesus was officially recognized by Pope Paul III in 1540. Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1619, and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Saint Francis Xavier is the patron saint of missionaries.
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