Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day – December 3 – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest is the Patron Saint of

African missions;
Agartala, India;
Ahmedabad, India;
Alexandria, Louisiana;
Apostleship of Prayer;
Australia;
Bombay, India;
Borneo;
Cape Town, South Africa;
China;
Dinajpur, Bangladesh;
East Indies;
Fathers of the Precious Blood;
foreign missions;
Freising, Germany;
Goa, India;
Green Bay, Wisconsin;
India;
Indianapolis, Indiana;
Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan;
University of Saint Francis Xavier;
Sucre, Bolivia;
Joliet, Illinois;
Kabankalan, Philippines;
Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines;
Alegria, Cebu, Philippines;
diocese of Malindi, Kenya;
missionaries;
Missioners of the Precious Blood;
Navarre, Spain;
navigators;
New Zealand;
parish missions;
plague epidemics;
Propagation of the Faith;
Zagreb, Croatia;
Indonesia;
Malacca;
Malaysia;
Mongolia;
Sri Lanka

Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Priests who became Saints

Today’s Readings – Year C

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest brief life History

Date of Birth 7 April 1506
Country of Birth Spain in Europe
Profession Apostle to the Far East
Place of Work Far East
Date of Death 3 December 1552 (aged 46)
Place of Death Portuguese Base at São João Island (now China)
Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day December 3
Beatification By Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619
Canonization By Pope Gregory XV on 12 March 1622 in Rome
Patron Saint of African missions;
Agartala, India;
Ahmedabad, India;
Alexandria, Louisiana;
Apostleship of Prayer;
Australia;
Bombay, India;
Borneo;
Cape Town, South Africa;
China;
Dinajpur, Bangladesh;
East Indies;
Fathers of the Precious Blood;
foreign missions;
Freising, Germany;
Goa, India;
Green Bay, Wisconsin;
India;
Indianapolis, Indiana;
Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan;
University of Saint Francis Xavier;
Sucre, Bolivia;
Joliet, Illinois;
Kabankalan, Philippines;
Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines;
Alegria, Cebu, Philippines;
diocese of Malindi, Kenya;
missionaries;
Missioners of the Precious Blood;
Navarre, Spain;
navigators;
New Zealand;
parish missions;
plague epidemics;
Propagation of the Faith;
Zagreb, Croatia;
Indonesia;
Malacca;
Malaysia;
Mongolia;
Sri Lanka

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Short life History

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest – A young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, was making a name for himself as a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Paris, and had seemingly no higher aim, when St. Ignatius of Loyola won him to heavenly thoughts.

After a brief apostolate amongst his countrymen in Rome he was sent by St. Ignatius to the Indies, where for twelve years he was to wear himself out, bearing the Gospel to Hindostan, to Malacca, and to Japan.

Thwarted by the jealousy, covetousness, and carelessness of those who should have helped and encouraged him, neither their opposition nor the difficulties of every sort which he encountered could make him slacken his labors for souls.

The vast kingdom of China appealed to his charity, and he was resolved to risk his life to force an entry, when God took him to Himself, and on the 2nd of December, 1552, he died, like Moses, in sight of the land of promise.

Today’s Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day Quote:

Some are specially called to work for souls; but there is no one who cannot help much in their salvation. Holy example, earnest intercession, the offerings of our actions in their behalf — all this needs only the spirit which animated St. Francis Xavier, the desire to make some return to God.

Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day
Saint Francis Xavier Feast Day