The sacred, first-class relic of St. Francis Xavier was in Canada for a month-long, 14-city pilgrimage from December 28th until the end of January. The relic is the right forearm and hand of St. Francis Xavier - it is estimated that he baptized more than 100,000 people with this arm. It typically remains in a reliquary in Rome at the Jesuit mother church, the Church of the Gesù.
Loyola's grade 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to take part in the veneration of the relic during a paraliturgy at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish on January 30th. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. of Ottawa (Loyola Class of '61) initiated the cross-Canada tour and presided at the prayer service for his alma mater. The Archbishop later tweeted that he found the experience to be "spiritually moving"(@archterentius). Our students were certainly fortunate to have been included in this rare and historic visit.
The pilgrimage was a joint effort with the Jesuits of Canada, the Ottawa Archdiocese and Catholic Christian Outreach. More information is available through Catholic Christian Outreach: https://cco.ca/relic/