Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

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  • Francis Xavierby-Marissa Hanicak
  • Francis Xavier was born into a prominent family, and grew up in the city of Sangüesa, just outside Navarre (part of present day Spain).
  • I need you to preach to my people God's word.
  • The King of Portugal called on the men to minister to Christians and to evangelize the people in his new Asian dominions.
  • Francis wasn't originally going to be on the trip to India, but one of the men fell ill, so Loyola called on him to travel. He first stopped in Lisbon, Portugal where his companion stayed to preach. Francis Xavier continued to India alone.
  • Xavier spent two-three years preaching, baptizing, and teaching the people of Goa, India about God. He was admired for his work and life among the poor. By the time he left, the majority of the community, and the coast were Christian, and he had founded a Christian school.
  • Seeking more people to convert, he continued to travel. Francis's many stops included: India from 1542 to 1544, multiple islands in the Maylay Archipelago from in 1545-1548, Japan from 1549 to 1550(ish), and a small Island outside of China in 1552.
  • Francis Xavier died on December 3, 1552, on the island of Sancian.
  • During his lifetime, it is estimated that Francis baptized and converted about 30,00 people. He introduced many people to Christianity, leaving a permanent mark on their communities.
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