2012 Media Releases

Extremely Rare Relic of Saint Francis Xavier in Melbourne

Monday 8 October 2012

A treasured holy relic of St Francis Xavier (1506 – 1552), arrived in Melbourne yesterday, Sunday 7 October as part of a national pilgrimage to 23 Australian cities.

The precious relic will be taken to various locations in Melbourne this week. See details below.

It is extremely rare for the relic, the right forearm of the saint, to leave the Church of the Gesu in Rome, which is the mother church of the Jesuits. The Church of the Gesu has housed the right arm of St Francis Xavier since 1641.

Devotion to holy relics is a venerable tradition in the Catholic Church.

St Francis Xavier baptised thousands of people into the Catholic faith during his travels in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Japan. The descendants from their communities are now part of the Catholic community in Australia. They have a great devotion to St Francis Xavier.

8 October
9:00am All Saints Church
174 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
12:00pm St Francis Xavier Church
1087 Whitehorse Road Box Hill
9 October
4:00pm St Francis Xavier Church
86 Mayona Road Montmorency
Afternoon Program
7:00pm St Francis Xavier Church
86 Mayona Road Montmorency
Evening Vigil
10 October
7:00pm Holy Eucharist Church
1A Oleander Drive St Albans South
Evening Vigil
11 October
11:00am St Mary’s Geelong
150 Yarra Street
3:00pm Relic departs Archdiocese of Melbourne  

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