St Francis Xavier SJ

Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, affectionately known as SFX, has had a weekend of celebrations over the first Sunday of Advent, for its patron saint's feast day and 170th birthday.SFX Church first opened its door on the 4h December 1848, the day after the patronal feast day, and has been staffed by the Society of Jesus ever since. The architect was JJ Scholes, who designed the nave in the early gothic decorated style using blue limestone for the slender pillars. The Sodality Chapel dedicated to...
Pupils at St Mary’s Hall
Companions in Action is Jesuit Missions new initiative which links Jesuit schools in the UK with those in the global South. This new partnership seeks to create a working relationship in which young people can share their common humanity, develop their Ignatian identity and work to create a better world where the dignity of each individual is cherished.Richard Greenwood, Outreach and Communications Manager at Jesuit Missions, says “We want to promote Jesuit Education and enable pupils to take...
The painting of a Jesuit saint is revealed during restoration
A painting thought to be of St Francis Xavier SJ – and believed to have been lost almost 250 years ago – has been rediscovered at the Royal Scots College, Salamanca in Spain.When the Scots Parliament outlawed Catholicism in Scotland in 1560, seminaries were founded at Tournay, Rome, Paris and Madrid to ensure a supply of priests for the Scottish Mission. The Tournay seminary later moved to Douay and the college in Madrid was entrusted to the Jesuits. In 1771, having failed to produce very many...
St Francis Xavier SJ
Feast of Saint Francis Xavier celebrated at St Francis Xavier Jesuit ChurchMass at 12 noon followed by light refreshments.Thanksgiving Service at 7pm with an evening of Information Stalls of what good ministry is taking place within the area  between 5 and 7pm. Community and education organisations based in the West Everton district of Liverpool will be showcasing the work they do at St Francis Xavier’s Church, Salisbury St.  The Whitechapel Centre, West...
In art, St Francis Xavier is often depicted holding a crucifix aloft to represent the zeal he felt for bringing Christ’s Gospel to those who had not heard it. Like St Ignatius Loyola, he originally had worldly ambitions, but on meeting Ignatius in Paris at the age of 19, he realised the power of the Spiritual Exercises and studied instead for the priesthood. He became one of Ignatius’ first Companions and took vows of poverty and chastity with Ignatius at Montmartre in 1534. He was ordained...