Thursday, December 3, 2020
St. Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He and St. Ignatius of Loyala were roommates at the University of Paris. St. Ignatius was forming the new order, and St. Francis Xavier joined. St. Francis later traveled as a missionary to India and Japan. While a missionary he adapted to the customs of the countries he lived in. He also believed that native clergy were necessary to spreading the gospel in other lands.