Feast of St. Francis Xavier, S.J. (December 3)

Teilhard de Chardin

St. Francis Xavier, S.J. St. Francis Xavier, S.J.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier, S.J., one of the most famous early Jesuits. He was a close companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits. Francis Xavier led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism most notably in India, but also ventured into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands, and other areas which had thus far not been visited by Christian missionaries. It was a goal of Xavier to one day reach China, but he died just before reaching the mainland.

Francis Xavier was born on April 7, 1506 in his family’s small castle in Navarre, a Basque area in the Pyrenees. In September 1525 he went to begin studies at the College of Sainte-Barbe in the University of Paris. His roommate was the soon-to-be Saint Peter Faber (Pierre Favre) from…

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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4 Responses to Feast of St. Francis Xavier, S.J. (December 3)

  1. molma.indigo says:

    William, I don’t know if you can see this from your side, but something has happened to your blog, the post are just fragments of letters and the pics on the right are split. Maybe it is my computer, but I thought I would let you know just in case.
    Good luck!

  2. Is there a way do you know to get Teilhard de Chardins books published on to Kindle? How can we publicise his work more widely ?

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