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Reliquary theca with relics of 5 Jesuit Saints: St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Borgia, St. Francis Xavier, St John Francis Regis & St Stanislaw Kostka

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Reliquary theca with relics of 5 Jesuit Saints: St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Borgia, St. Francis Xavier, St John Francis Regis & St Stanislaw Kostka

Oval glass-fronted silver theca housing relics of five important Jesuit saints: centered around the relic of Saint Ignatius of Loyola are relics of the following saints: Saint Francis Borgia, Saint Francis Borgia, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint John Francis Regis, andSaint Stanislaw Kostka. The relics are affixed to a pale red silk background surrounded by gilded paperolle ornamentation and identified on manuscript cedulae labels.  On the back, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola (†1556) was a Spanish Basque priest and theologian, who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and became its first Superior General. Ignatius was beatified in 1609 and then canonized, receiving the title of Saint on March 12, 1622. His feast day is celebrated on July 31. He is the patron saint of the Basque provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay as well as the Society of Jesus and was declared the patron saint of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Ignatius is also a foremost patron saint of soldiers.

Saint Francis Borgia, S.J., 4th Duke of Gandía (Francisco de Borja) (†1572) was a great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI, a Grandee of Spain, a Spanish Jesuit, and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He was canonized on 20 June 1670 by Pope Clement X. His feast is commemorated on October 10 and he is venerated against earthquakes and a patron saint of Portugal.

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.

Saint John Francis Regis (†1640), was a French priest of the Society of Jesus, who spent most of his life serving the marginalized and is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. John Francis Regis was beatified by Pope Clement XI on 18 May 1716, and canonized by Pope Clement XII on 5 April 1737. He is a holy patron of Regis University, Regis High School, New York City, Regis Jesuit High School Aurora, CO, and lacemakers.

Saint Stanislaw Kostka S.J. (†1568) was a Polish novice of the Society of Jesus. The Holy See ratified his beatification in 1605; he was canonized in 1726. St. Stanislaus is a popular saint of Poland and many religious institutions have chosen him as the protector of their novitiates. He is invoked for palpitations of the heart and for dangerous cases of illness. Patron of Jesuit novices, students, Poland, Broken Bones.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 10-RSCR40-11
  • Size: 48 x 41 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass
  • Price: $750
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