St Francis Xavier
St Francis Xavier is our patron saint.
He was born on 7 April 1506 at the Castle of Xavier near Pamplona in Spain. In 1513 the family took refuge in France where his father died and Francisco finished his education.
In 1537 he received his priesthood and proceeded on a mission to go to India. Father Francisco made Old Goa his headquarters, he nursed the sick, comforted the dying and administered the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.
In 1552 Father Francisco suffered a sad and lonely death after falling ill with a fever. He was later laid to rest in Goa after an endless procession of people came to pay their respects. His body was surrounded by limes and by a miracle was preserved. It can still be seen by people of all faiths and from all countries who are overcome by the deep spirituality of the place in the Basilica de Bom Jesus in Old Goa.
Every year we celebrate St Francis Xavier's feast day on 3rd December with special assemblies, work and events in school.
The Saints of our Houses
Feast day: 16 April
Bernadette lived near Lourdes, in France. Whilst gathering firewood, a beautiful lady appeared to her in a cave. Bernadette saw the lady eighteen times. The lady asked her to scrape the earth. Suddenly a spring started to flow. Bathing in the spring has cured many pilgrims. Later Bernadette became a nun. She died at the age of 36.
Feast day: 11 August
Clare was the daughter of a count and countess. After hearing Saint Francis preaching, she decided to give herself to God. After leaving her castle, she met Francis and his brothers at the Altar of Our Lady. Clare cut off her hair and gave her life to Christ. Soon after she started her Order of the Poor Clare's. Her mother, sister and some of the noble ladies joined her. They lived a life of prayer, silence and fasting.
Saint Martin de Porres
Feast day: 3 November
Martin was born in Lima, Peru. He grew up in poverty. Martin went to work for a surgeon-barber and learned much about medicine and caring for the sick and wounded. At fifteen he entered the Dominican convent and later became a lay brother. Blessed with the gift of healing he once cured the Archbishop of Mexico with the touch of his hands.
Saint Vincent de Paul
Feast day: 27 September
Vincent was born in France. As a young priest pirates captured him. He converted his master and was set free. Vincent went to Paris where he organised groups to look after the poor. Vincent also founded the Daughters of Charity. With their help he was able to clothe and feed the poor and nurse the sick. He built homes. Saint Vincent is called The Apostle of Organised Charity. The Saint Vincent de Paul society continues his work for the poor.