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posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:20 AM by Sarah Schildknecht

St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School has been given a truly remarkable honour as we will be briefly hosting the St. Francis Xavier Canadian Relic Pilgrimage on the morning of Thursday, February 1, 2018.

The relic is the forearm of St. Francis Xavier, who was considered by many to be the greatest evangelizer since St. Paul. Born in 1506 in Spain, St. Francis Xavier helped spread Christianity, primarily in India. He is estimated to have baptized over 100,000 people. The relic, which is touring Canada for the very first time, is normally located in Rome at the Jesuit mother church, the Church of the Gesù. St. Francis Xavier’s forearm has not seen natural decay for over 466 years, since his death in 1552.

This incredible opportunity is offered to our school through the kindness of our Archbishop, the Jesuits, and the pilgrimage organizers, Catholic Christian Outreach.

A signup sheet for high school students interested in venerating (prayerfully honouring) the relic in our school chapel was circulated in homerooms this past week.

All grade seven and eight students will be given an educational presentation contextualizing the relic and its significance, and subsequently those who wish to, will be given the opportunity to view and venerate the relic.


At the organizers request, this school activity will not be opened to the wider community, who are encouraged to check the link below for a schedule of public veneration times and locations.


St. Francis Xavier Relic Pilgrimage Information and Schedule


The forearm of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of missions, has embarked on a 15-city tour of Canada. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Christian Outreach)

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