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posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:45 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:46 PM ]
St Francis Xavier was born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta, a Navarrese-Basque Roman Catholic missionary in the Kingdom of Navarre on April 7, 1506. His father was a Privy Counsellor and Finance Minister to King John III of Navarre (part of present-day Spain). He resided in a castle near Sangüesa which still partially stands today, and is in the possession of the Jesuit order. Francis was surrounded by war, as Navarre was the target of a campaign by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Castile.

Francis studied at the University of Paris, where he was influenced by Ignatius of Loyola, who encouraged Francis to become a priest. In 1530, Francis Xavier earned his Master's degree, and went on to teach Philosophy at the University of Paris. On August 15, 1534, Francis Xavier made vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He planned to travel to the Holy Land to convert non-believers. Francis Xavier started his study of theology that same year, and was ordained a priest on June 24, 1537.