ST. FRANCIS XAVIER – Patron of Foreign Missions
Francis Xavier, born Francisco de Jaso y Azpilicueta, taught philosophy and set out to become a professor. His friend, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, told him to spread the Gospel. He would engage in foreign missions to help aid the poor. He was also a healer.
b. 4/7/1506, Javier Kingdom of Navarro, Spain d. 12/3/1552, Sancian, China
Patronage: African missions, Apostleship of Prayer, foreign missions.
Feast Day: December 3
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