The Life of St. Francis Xavier

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In History
  • Apr 7, 1506

    St. Xavier is Born

    St. Xavier is Born
    He was born to an aristocratic family in the family castle of Xavier in the Kingdom of Navarre located in spain.
  • Oct 15, 1515

    Xavier's Father Dies

    Xavier's Father Dies
    His father dies when he was only nine years old.
  • Sep 1, 1525

    Xavier Goes to College in Paris

    Xavier Goes to College in Paris
    Xavier decides to attend the Collège Sainte-Barbe in Paris which is where he meets Ignatius and Pierre Favre.
  • Aug 15, 1534

    Xavier Takes Vows as Part of the Society of Jesus

    Xavier Takes Vows as Part of the Society of Jesus
    After meeting St. Ignatius Xavier decided to abandon his strive for academic success to join up with five others to form the Society of Jesus and to do Catholic missionary work. In 1534 he and the rest of the Society of Jesus met at the chappel of Montmarte to take the vows of poverty, chastity, and obediance.
  • Jun 24, 1537

    Xaver is Ordained a Priest

    Xaver is Ordained a Priest
    Xavier and the rest of the Society of Jesus travel to Venice, Spain. At Venice Xavier is orained a priest.
  • Apr 7, 1541

    Xavier Travels to India

    Xavier Travels to India
    Xavier takes a trip to India to do missionary work, and after a dangerous voyage, arrives in the Indian city Goa. During his first five months in India, he preached and spoke the word of God to those sick and stuck in hospitals. Another thing his did was go through the streets and ring a bell which would invite children to him. He would then take the children to a church and explain the catechism to them.
  • Oct 16, 1542

    Xavier Travels to Western India

    Xavier Travels to Western India
    After some time Xavier decides to travel to the pearl fisheries located on the southern coast of India along the Indian peninsula. Xavier spent three years there trying to bring back christianity to a place who had lost it years ago. His trip was a relative success and he converted many people to christianity while even preaching as far as the Island of Ceylon. Although many people were open to hear his preaching, many were not and he was the object much persecution.
  • Nov 1, 1544

    Babtism of the Macuans

    Babtism of the Macuans
    In the later months of 1544, Xaver babtised a group of south-western Indians known as the Macuans. After preaching ot them and providing instruction, he ended up babtising a total of 10,000 people.
  • Jan 14, 1546

    Xavier Travels to the Molucca Islands,

    Xavier Travels to the  Molucca Islands,
    Xavier decided to travel to the Molucca Islands after his short stay at Malacca. The Molucca Islands contained mostly Portuguese sttlements. He preached the gospel there for about a year and a half, and it is believed the he might have traveled to the Philippines, but no one is sure.
  • Mar 8, 1548

    Xaver Returns to Goa, India

    Xaver Returns to Goa, India
    Xavier returned back to Goa, India where he reunited with many Jesuits. While in Goa, Xaver had a large impact on the College of Holy Faith. During his stay, the college was turned over to the Jesuits and Xavier made huge strides in transforming it into a center for the education of native priests.
  • Aug 15, 1549

    Xavier Traves to Japan

    Xavier Traves to Japan
    While in Japan, Xavier found the Japanese to be a great people and was quoted saying the Japenese were "The best people yet discovered." While in Japan he found that he had to change his style of preaching in poverty because he found that this would repel the Japanese.
  • Nov 22, 1551

    Xavier Goes Back to India

    Xavier Goes Back to India
    Since his arrival in Japan, Xavier had received no mail so he decided to return shortly to India. He told the fellow Jesuits that had traveled to Japan with him to look after the 2,000 christians distributed amongst five communities.
  • Dec 3, 1552

    Xavier Dies

    Xavier Dies
    After returning to India Xavier realised that the only way to convert the Japanese was by first converting the Chinese, because the Japanese looked up to the Chinese for wisdom. While trying to gain entrance to China, Xavier died from a fever on the island of Sancian which was off the Chinese coast.