- Durable solid cold-cast resin construction
- Delightful fine details and full color finish
- Measures 12" tall
- He is the patron of Catholic missions and his feast day is on December 3.
- Perfect for the home, bedroom, classroom, chapel, or wherever a beautiful statue is needed, this artistic statue will serve as an inspiration for faith
According to the Catholic Church, a "saint" is anyone in heaven whether recognized on Earth or not, who form the "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1). They may have not always lived perfect lives but "amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord".
With encouragement from his friend Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier devoted himself to religious service and became one of the founders of the Jesuit order. Much of his life was spent tending to missions in areas such as India and Japan. He was 46 when he died on China's Shangchuan Island on December 3, 1552.
Though he passed away at a relatively young age, Xavier had accomplished much in his life. In addition to being a founding member of the Jesuit order—the Society of Jesus was officially recognized by Pope Paul III in 1540—he baptized an estimated 30,000 people. Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1619, and canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. A famed missionary himself, he is now the patron saint of missionaries.