St. Francis Xavier is the Patron of St. Xavier’s College. There is not an educated Indian who has not heard the name of Francis Xavier. It is to India that Ignatius of Loyola, The Founder of the Society of Jesus, sent his greatest son, Francis Xavier in 1542. Xavier was a zealous “missionary on the move”. He sailed to Malacca and Japan in 1549 where he spent two and a half years. In April 1552 he set sail to China via Malacca from Goa, never to return alive. He died at Sancian, a small island facing China, on 2 December 1552. Wherever he went, plunged himself into charitable and pastoral work preaching the message of God’s love to people.