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Xavier, Saint Francis (1506–1552)

  1. Douglas K. Wilson Jr.

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1485

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Wilson, D. K. 2011. Xavier, Saint Francis (1506–1552). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Francisco de Jassu y Xavier pursued a university education in Paris, where he met Ignatius Loyola, through whose influence, he confessed his faith in Christ in 1533. Xavier was familiar with, if not influenced by, the teachings of Martin Luther, whose disciples sought to effect change in the Catholic universities throughout Europe. A small group of men joined Xavier and Ignatius to form the original Society of Jesus. Xavier was ordained in 1537 in Venice, where his activities among the indigent and infirm were famous. The remaining 15 years of his life were given over to missionary service as a Jesuit priest.


  • Xavier, Saint Francis (1506–1552);
  • teachings of Martin Luther;
  • western and papal structures, the mission field;
  • Francis Xavier, a household word among catholics, protestants