Father General makes a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Bom Jesus in Goa
As one of the first companions and a fellow student of Ignatius of Loyola in Paris, Saint Francis Xavier is a major figure in the history of the Society of Jesus. Soon after the founding of the Society, a providential call sent him to the Far East where his untiring missionary zeal spread to many countries. Landing in India in 1542, Xavier established his first ministry in Goa, then a Portuguese trading post. In doing so, Xavier became the proto-Jesuit-missionary, defining a process that used Jesuit discernment, trial and error, and missionary “best practices”, that would influence Jesuit works forever. So influential was his work that following his death his body was repatriated from the Chinese island of Sangchuang to where his ministry in Asia had started, Goa.
He is venerated in the Basilica of the Bom Jesus (The Good Jesus - or the Child Jesus), an important pilgrimage site in India. Among the pilgrims on February 26 was Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus.