This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Francis Xavier [Latin: Franciscvs Iaviervs] [7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552] was born in the Basque region (in modern Spain) and was the co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a study companion of Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre (Paris) in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in evangelization work most notably in India, where he successfully restored communion between Rome and the formerly Nestorian churches of the Malabar Coast and Persia. He also ventured into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands, and other areas which had, until then, not been visited by Christian missionaries. It was a goal of Xavier to extend his missionary preaching to China but he died in Shangchuan Island shortly before doing so. He is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Paul the Apostle. He is known as the "Apostle of the Orient."