Saint Francis Xavier was born in Spain in 1506. While studying the liberal arts at Paris, he became a follower of Ignatius of Loyola. iI 1537 he was ordained at Rome and there devoted himself to works of charity. Francis went to the Orient in 1541 where for ten years he tirelessly proclaimed the gospel in India and Japan, and through his preaching brought many to believe. He died in 1552 near the China coast on the island of Sancian.
God our Father,
by the preaching of Francis Xavier
you brought many nations to yourself.
Give this zeal for the faith to all who believe in you
that your church may rejoice in continued growth
throughout the world.
From Christian Prayer