Old Goa - Today
CAPELA DE S. FRANCISCO XAVIER
(CHAPEL OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER)
There was a chapel in the compound of the Collegio de
S. Paulo, o Veiho, where according to tradition, St.
Francis used to say Mass. At the left of the Chapel
is a well where it is said that the Saint washed his
feet; on the right side there was another well whose
water the Saint drank. Today it is no longer there.
According to tradition, this was the place where St.
Francis said Satis est Domine, satis (its enough Lord,
enough), when he was being consoled with celestial visions.
It was here that he spent the nights praying. Some say
that he built the Chapel; others say that it was built
in his honour after his death. According to Francisco
de Souza, the author of Oriente Con quistado there were
two Chapels in the compound of the College namely of
S. Antonio & S. Jeronimo. The present one must be
one of them. It was repaired in 1859 and later in 1884.
There were many paintings depicting the life of the
Saint on the walls.
There is a tradition that the Saint planted some trees
in the compound of the College and one jackfruit tree
was planted near the Chapel. The images carved out of
the wood of this Jackfruit tree were held in great veneration.
In the Church of Sta. Rita of Mama, Curtorim there is
a crucifix which on the backside has the following inscription:
He Formada esta Cruz do lenho da jaqueira, que plantou
0 Glorioso S. Francisco Xavier Apostolo da India, junto
da sua Capela no Coegio velho do S. Paulo de Goa. Ano
1805. This crucifix belonged to the Convent of S. Francisco
de Assisi. Soon after its extinction in 1835, it was
offered to the then Chapel of Maina.
This Chapel was later under the charge of the Cathedral
Chapter which us to celebrate the feast of the Saint
on December 2, preceded by novena.
When the Colegio de S. Paulo was abandoned, the Chapel
was also neglected; but the people flock there in crowds,