Before entering please note the tympanum. This is the term for the sculpted figures over the central doorway or portal. Depicted is our parish patron, Saint Francis Xavier, preaching.
Saint Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Catholic religious order of priests known as the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus) founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Saint Francis Xavier met Saint Ignatius while they were both students at the University of Paris. Francis Xavier was ordained a priest in 1537 and eventually preached the gospel in India and Japan.
He died on December 3, 1552 on an island not far from China where he had hoped to preach the gospel.
In this sculpted tympanum we see Saint Francis preaching, holding the Cross in his left hand and baptizing with his right hand.
The seven individuals around him represent the Asian peoples to whom he ministered.