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The patron of the School is
St. Francis Xavier
(07.04.1506 - 03.12.1552). Born of a noble Spanish family,
Francis became a follower of St. Ignatius of Loyola during
his studies at the university of Paris and was one of his
Under the present House System, the School is divided
into four houses, each named after a Jesuit Saint : Loyola,
Gonzaga, Berchmans and Britto.
Ignatius Loyola (1491 - 1556), a Basque (Spaniard) and
soldier-saint who whilst convalescing after his leg was
shattered in a battle against the French, conceived a
burning desire to follow in the footsteps of Christ. In 1540
he founded the Society of Jesus with a group of companions.
He contributed greatly to the Church's renewal during the
Counter-Reformation and encouraged the founding of schools
Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 -1591). Heir to the noble family
title of Castiglione (North Italy), his father took him on
training expeditions to teach him the art of arms. Aloysius
let himself be moulded in a different type of school; in his
late teens, he joined the Jesuit novitiate renouncing honour
and riches to serve Christ. He died as a Jesuit student at
the age of 23, nursing the plague-stricken.
John Berchmans ( 1599 - 1621), a Belgian, hailed from a
family of cobblers. Thanks to a benefactor, he completed his
school studies and joined the Jesuits at the age of 17.
Continuing higher studies, he was observant to the last
detail in his religious and academic commitment. He was
still a student, when he died of ill-health at the age of
22. All who knew John loved him because of his sincere
piety, practical charity and unfailing cheerfulness.
John de Britto ( 1647 - 1693 ), nick-named the 'Martyr' at
the court of Portugal, became a 'Pandara Swami' in Madurai.
He schooled himself to Indian ways, adopted Indian garb and
preached the love of God to all levels of Indian society.
His zeal for people brought him the wrath of a local king.
He was executed for his faith at Oriyur, in the district of
Ramnad, in Tamil Nadu..
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