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Five Reasons to Love St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis XavierCo-Founder of the Jesuits: St. Francis Xavier was one of the co-founders of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), along with St. Ignatius of Loyola, Blessed Peter Favre,and four other men. The Jesuits focused on evangelization throughout the world, and also participated in the Counter-Reformation. Because of their vow of obedience and willingness to spread the Word to remote areas of the world, Francis Xavier was sent first to the Portuguese areas in India. His first foreign mission as a Jesuit was to reform and strengthen the Catholic virtues which were seen to be in decline among the people there.


His Missionary Work: Francis Xavier was a missionary extraordinaire. He is widely regarded as the greatest missionary since St. Paul due to the sheer number of people he converted and lands he traveled. Francis Xavier took the message of Christ to the East into areas that had little to no experience with Christianity before. In a short span of only 10 years from 1542 – 1552, Francis Xavier managed to visit multiple countries; his estimated number of converts during that time are in the 40,000 – 50,000 people.

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