RELIC OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER
On Thursday, February 1, 2018, St. John the Apostle Parish was both humbled and blessed to host the relic of St. Francis Xavier.
This relic is the right forearm and hand of St. Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552). It is estimated he baptized more than 100,000 people with this arm. This relic typically remains in a reliquary in Rome at the Jesuit mother church,
The Church of the Gesu. The relic rarely leaves Rome, but was here on tour in Canada for the first time.
Over 1800 people flocked to St. John the Apostle Parish, many from out of town, to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venerate the relic of
St. Francis Xavier, considered by many to be the greatest evangelizer since