The relic of St. Francis Xavier (the right forearm and hand) came to St. Francis Xavier University Chapel on January 8th, 2018.
"This is an opportunity to rediscover Francis Xavier as one of the most exciting and adventurous figures of the 16th century," said Bishop Brian Dunn in announcing the visit. "The visit of this relic will be a wonderful opportunity for people of faith to seek the intercession of
St. Francis Xavier."
The relic was venerated by about 1000 people during its one-day visit here.
Those who gathered were from Antigonish and parishes from throughout the diocese as well as students of St FX. Some braved winter roads to travel from Sydney, New Glasgow, and points in between.
Mass was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated by Bishop Brian Dunn with
co-celebrants Father Gary MacPherson, University Chaplain, Fr. Conrad Edwards
and Deacon Berkley Guthro. Bishop Dunn wove the relic and its purpose into the homily.
There were about 350 people in attendance, including St. FX President Kent MacDonald, university staff, students and alumni, and some young families.
The relic came to St. FX as part of a 15-city Canadian tour sponsored by the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), and the Jesuits in Canada. Further information on the tour and CCO can be found at: https://cco.ca/relic/