Saint Francis Xavier (1506 – 1552) is the universal Patron Saint of the missions, known as the apostle of the East. Guido Maria Conforti was inspired by him and chose him to be the model, the inspirer and the protector of his Missionary Society. Later, the Society came to be popularly known as the Xaverian Fathers.
Saint Francis Xavier was a front line Jesuit missionary to Asia, where he died eventually. He was a Spanish, first companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the founding of the Society of Jesus. At the earnest solicitation of the John III, King of Portugal, He was appointed to evangelize the people of the East Indies, and left Rome on March 16, 1540, and on April 7, 1541, he embarked from Lisbon in a sailing vessel for India where he landed, at Goa, on May 6, 1542. For ten years, he preached in India, the East Indies, Malaysia, and Japan, and died with the dream of evangelizing China, on the Island of Sancian near the coast of China, on December 2, 1552.