Book of Saints – Saint Francis Xavier

Saint Francis XavierArticle

December 3

Francis was born in 1506 in Spain of noble parents. He was sent to the College of Saint Barbara in Paris and became a teacher. He joined Saint Ignatius and four other young men who vowed to work for the conversion of souls. They formed the Society of Jesus.

Before his ordination to the priesthood in Venice, he cared for the sick in a hospital. The King of Portugal wanted six missionaries to preach the Faith in India. One of these was Francis. He journeyed to Goa. There he helped the sick and taught catechism in the church. Later he preached in the south of India and converted thousands of pagans.

Francis sailed for Japan in 1549. Other missionaries joined him there. Thousands were brought to the true Faith. While on a ship going to China, he became very ill of a high fever. The ship stopped at an island. He died there in an old cabin on 2 December 1552.

Saint Francis Xavier is the patron of the foreign missions. The flaming heart means his great love for God and for souls.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Francis Xavier”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>