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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Francis Xavier, Co-founder of the Jesuits

Round  glass-fronted silvered metal theca housing first-class relics of Saint Francis Xavier.The relic is affixed to agold silk background surrounded a twisted silver wire ornamentation and titled on an arch-shaped handwritten cedula label as S. Franci. Xav.  On the back, under a protective cap with a portrait of Jesus, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved dark red wax seal with a coat of arms of Monsignor Antonio Severoli, Bishop of Fano.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., († 1552), was a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic missionary, born in Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He was a companion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris in 1534. He is a patron of African missions; Agartala, India; Ahmedabad, India; Alexandria, Louisiana; Apostleship of Prayer; Australia; Bombay, India; Borneo; Cape Town, South Africa; China; Dinajpur, Bangladesh; East Indies; Fathers of the Precious Blood; foreign missions; Freising, Germany; Goa, India; Green Bay, Wisconsin; India; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; Joiliet, Illinois; Kabankalan, Philippines; Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines; Alegria, Cebu, Philippines; diocese of Malindi, Kenya; missionaries; Missioners of the Precious Blood; Navarre, Spain; navigators; New Zealand; parish missions; plague epidemics; Propagation of the Faith; Zagreb, Croatia; Indonesia; Malacca; Malaysia, and Mongolia.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 81-RSABR-25
  • Size: 33 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. late 19th century
  • Price: SOLD!