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The Journey - Saint. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier, (7 April 1506 - 3 December 1552). The patron of the School, St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary born in the family castle of Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Born of a noble Spanish family, Francis became a follower of St. Ignatious of Loyola during his studies at the University of Paris and was one of his first companions. He was a student of Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits, dedicated at Montmartre in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism most notably in India, but also ventured into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands, and other areas which had thus far not been visited by Christian missionaries. In these areas, being a pioneer and struggling to learn the local languages in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India. It was a goal of Xavier to one day reach China.

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