Located in the center of metropolitan Phoenix, St. Francis Xavier Parish was founded by the Jesuits more than 80 years ago. Today, more than 5,000 households are registered in the parish, which focuses on evangelization, education, the celebration of the sacraments and the promotion of justice and service.
St. Francis Xavier’s beautiful church was built in 1959 and seats 1,300 people. A number of Masses are celebrated each Sunday and on weekdays, including a Sunday Spanish Mass. The parish also has an elementary school that educates 590 young boys and girls in the Jesuit tradition.
In 1956, the parish founded its own athletic association, St. Francis Xavier Athletic Association, with a mission to be a positive force in promoting Ignatian spirituality by providing a forum for community outreach and social interaction through athletics. Since it began, this all volunteer, community-based league has served thousands of youth.
The vibrant parish has 58 ministries supported by staff and numerous, generous volunteers. These include women’s ministries, prison ministry, pastoral care, English and Spanish choirs, youth ministry and Catholic Scouting.