St. Francis Xavier's Church, Petaling Jaya
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|St. Francis Xavier's|
|St. Francis Xavier's Church|
|Location||Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor|
|Diocese||Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur|
|Rector||Rev Lawrence Andrew, SJ|
St. Francis Xavier's Church is a Roman Catholic parish located at 135, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The building of the church was officiated in 1957 by the then Catholic Bishop of Kuala Lumpur, Rt Rev. Tan Sri Dominic Aloysius Vendargon DD; it was one of the only three Catholic parishes established in Petaling Jaya (the other two parishes are Church of the Assumption, Petaling Jaya and Church of St. Ignatius, Petaling Jaya).
St. Francis Xavier is a Jesuit Parish, the only such parish in Malaysia. St Francis Xavier's Church is built on the ground owned by the Jesuit Fathers in Malaysia, and the Jesuit Residence is located next to the church on the same ground.
A hostel for Catholic students attending the nearby Universiti Malaya was also situated in the same compound. Adjoined to the church is the Catholic High School, a Chinese-type Mission School started by the Marist Brothers.The Marist Brothers are still the owner of the school.
Ahead of its Golden Jubilee on the 3rd of December, 2011, the church underwent major redecoration works, with the installation of a reredo and several large stained glass panels, depicting the Stations of the Cross, the life of St. Francis Xavier, Christ the Good Shepherd, and Mary, Queen of Heaver, surrounded by a myriad of Jesuit saints and Blesseds.
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