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Patron of Xavier University in New Orleans, Foreign Missions & MissionariesFeast Day: October 4th Francis was born in the early 16th Century. While studying and teaching in France at the University of Paris, he became a follower of Ignatius Loyola and is known as the first Jesuit missionary and one of the 7 original Jesuits. The Papacy directed Francis to travel to the newly discovered East Indies, where he worked for several years, successfully converting the natives of Southern India. He is credited with converting the entire city of Goa, India. He would preach in the street, worked tirelessly for...

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