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Relic of St. Francis Xavier Visit

* A major relic of Saint Francis Xavier will visit Saskatoon Jan. 18-19 – The forearm of the famous missionary saint is coming to Canada as part of a 14-city visit organized by the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the Canadian Jesuits and Catholic Christian Outreach, a national university student movement.

In Saskatoon, the schedule includes events noon to 10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, including public veneration throughout the dat and an evening prayer service at 7 p.m. The relic will also be present at Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen at 12:15pm Friday, Jan. 19 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street, Saskatoon. For more information about the visit of the relic to Canada, see or follow the project through

“Spending time with a relic such as this one can lead to immeasurable good,” says Angele Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach. “It is often a catalyst for a deeper encounter with God or deeper understanding of one’s vocation or purpose in life.”

Born April 7, 1506 in the Kingdom of Navarre in present-day Spain, Saint Francis Xavier is considered one of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus, the religious order better known as the Jesuits. A companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier led extensive missions into Asia mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time, India and Japan. He died on Dec. 3, 1542 off the coast of China.

The veneration of relics is a longstanding practice in the Catholic Church. The relics of saints provide a tangible experience of God’s graces. Catholics believe that saints can intercede for humanity, given their proximity to God in what is commonly referred to as “the communion of saints” or the Mystical Body of Christ.

Event Date

Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Event Location

Cathedral of the Holy Family
123 Nelson Rd Saskatoon, SK
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