What St. Francis Xavier Left Behind

What mountains must I climb to reach the house of God? What must I sacrifice? St. Francis Xavier had to shed his vanity and pride, leaving behind a promising teaching career in Paris for a life of celibacy, poverty, and service. By doing this and following his friend Ignatius into ministry and evangelization, he let his light shine even brighter. What do you need to leave behind to follow the path of God? —Excerpted from […]

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, great missionary and close friend of St. Ignatius. Francis Xavier had planned to devote himself to the intellectual life, but at a strategic moment he surrendered to God, who had long and patiently pursued him. That surrender changed the course of his life—and the course of history as well. Even Ignatius of Loyola, the leader of the new Jesuit community, had planned to deploy Francis as […]

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

December 3 is the feast of St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis was one of the first Jesuits and a close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola. The New England and New York Provinces of Jesuits put together this map of places important to the life of this missionary saint.

Novena of Grace

Today marks the beginning of the annual Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier. It’s timed to end on the day that St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized (March 12). Our friends at Sacred Space offer one version of the prayers, complete with biographical information each day.

Xavier Statue

Late last year, Xavier University in Cincinnati unveiled a new statue of its patron, St. Francis Xavier.  The sculptor, Tom Tsuchiya, worked on it for a year.  In this video he talks about how he worked and where he got inspiration from.   To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

Novena of Grace

Today is the first day of the  Novena of Grace, an annual time of prayer directed to the intercession of St. Francis Xavier.  This special novena has been celebrated for hundreds of years.  It ends on March 12, the day that St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized.  A Jesuit who was miraculously healed through Francis’s intercession said that the saint promised  that “all who ask his intercession with God for nine days, in […]

Ignatius and Xavier

Today is the anniversary of the canonization of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier in 1622.  Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri were also canonized on that day, making March 12, 1622, possibly the greatest day in the history of canonizations. The painting above by the Jesuit Andrea Pozzo depicts Ignatius sending Xavier to the missions in the Far East.  They never saw each other again, but their love for each other remained strong.  Xavier once […]

A Novena of Grace

Today is the traditional beginning of the Novena of Grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier, a nine-day devotion that has been popular for centuries.  The first Novena of Grace dates back to 1634, when the intercession of St. Francis obtained the miraculous cure of another Jesuit.  The novena ends on March 12, the date on which Francis was canonized in 1622. The novena prayers can be found here on the Sacred Space website.  Go […]

Francis Xavier

December 3 is the feast of Saint Francis Xavier. Francis is the patron of foreign missions because of his evangelization in India, Indonesia, and Japan (he died off the coast of China, and the site is a pilgrimage destination for Chinese Catholics). Many Asian Catholics to this day recognize Francis as a patron; many priests take his name. Francis is perhaps the most striking example of what Ignatius’ disciple Jerónimo Nadal described as the place […]