St. Xavier's School is a Christian minority school under the management of the Society of Jesus, an International Christian Religious Order. Opened on 6th January 1960, the school is recognised by the Directorate of Education, Delhi Administration and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education for the All India Secondary School Examination (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII).
The Society of Jesus (popularly known as the Jesuits), founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its inception. Today Jesuits number almost 20,000 and comprise the largest single religious order in the Catholic Church. Jesuit priest and brothers are engaged in ministries in 112 nations of six continents. Their work is focused on education and intellectural contributions, primarily at colleges and universities, as well as missionary work and ministry in human rights and social justice. It has its Headquarters in Rome and is headed by the Superior General Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach.
In India the Jesuits are at present responsible for 38 university colleges, 5 institutes of Business Administration, 22 Technical, 11 Rersearch Centres, 48 Higer Secondary Schools, 100 High Schools, 38 Middle Schools and 72 Primary Schools spread throughout the country. In these institutions more than 250,000 students belonging to every religious, linguistic and socio-economic group, receive their education.
In 1958, Patna vice -province of the Society of Jesus wanted to begin a school in Delhi and Fr. Frank Loesch, S.J. was entrusted with the responsibility. He purchased the Hotel Cecil, 4 Raj Niwas Marg, Delhi-54 and got it converted into a school and built the senior as well as the junior school buildings. He, with his architectural competence, gave the building a new shape where the lives of many students were to be destined. He was the Rector of the school from 21st April, 1960 to 11th December, 1965. He was assisted by Fr. Charles Saldhana S.J. (First Principal From 1st Jan to July 1960), Fr. Rodrigues, Fr. Austin Reinboth and Fr. Thomas Athazhapadam, S.J. in converting the Hotel campus into a modern public school. Fr. Thomas V. Kunnunkal, S.J (Principal from 18th Dec. 1962 to 31st July 1974 & 1st Sept. 1977 to 3rd Nov. 1979) is the longest serving Princiapl of Xavier’s.
B.St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of our school, was born in Spain at the Xavier castle on 8 April 1506. His association with Ignatius of Loyola changed his life. He was ordained a priest along with Ignatius on 24 June 1537 and they with four others founded the Society of Jesus. On 7 April, 1541, Francis embarked in a sailing vessel for India, and after a tedious and dangerous voyage landed at Goa, on 6 May, 1542. The first five months he spent in preaching and ministering to the sick in the hospitals. In the spring of 1545 Xavier started for Malacca. Later his zeal was aroused by the idea of introducing Christianity into Japan. After working about two years and a half in Japan he left this mission and returned to Goa. After this last visit to Goa, to Cochin and Malacca missions, on his way to China he was held up on the island of Sancian due to fever. There was no food, no medicine. Early in the morning of 3 December, 1552 Francis Xavier closed his eyes forever in grace of Christ in a very modest hut of branches and mud lumps. His passionate commitment to the service of humanity lives on…
C. Former Rectors
Fr. Frank Loesch S.J., Rector from 21 April 1960 to 11th December 1965
Fr. Edward Mann, S.J., Rector- 12th Dec. 1965 to 21st July 1968
Fr. Gerald Grace, S.J., Rector-22 July 1968 to 24 June 1972
Fr. Thomas Athazhapadam, S.J., Principal-1 July 1960 to 17 December 1962 and Rector-25 June 1972 to 17 Sept. 1978
Fr. Joseph Paschal, S.J., Rector-18 Sept. 1978 to 21 April 1984
Fr. K. T. Thomas, S.J., Rector 22 April 1984 to 20 March 1991
Fr. Mathew Padayatty S. J., Rector-21 March 1991 to 20 March 1997
Fr. Thomas Kuriacose S.J., Rector-10 July 1997 to 5 March 2003
Fr. Sebastian Assarikudy S.J., Rector-2003 to 2009
Fr. P.T. Augustine S.J., Rector 2009 onwards & Principal from 1997-2001
D. Former Principals:
Fr. Charles Saldhana S.J. (First Principal From 1 Jan to July 1960)
Fr. Thomas V. Kunnunkal, S.J
(Principal from 18 Dec. 1962 to 31 July 1974 & 1 Sept. 1977 to 3 Nov. 1979)
Fr. Abraham Puthumana S.J. (Principal- 1 August 1974 to 31 August 1977)
Fr. Joseph Parakatt, S.J. (Principal- 1 April 1980 to 31 March 1985)
Bro. Ittoop Pallipadan S.J. (Principal- 1 April 1985 to 1 Dec. 1992)
Fr. John Ariapilly, S.J. (Principal from 2 December 1992 to 9 July 1997)
Fr. Xavier J. Ignatius, S.J. (Principal- March 2001 to March 2004)
Fr. Jose Philip S.J. (Principal from April 2005 to July 2010)
Fr. Jose Jacob, S.J. Present Principal from July 2010
E. Former Staff:
This is not an exclusive list of all the former staff. Some names may be missing.
Mr. Moses D'Mello, Mrs. B.P. Joseph, Mrs. & Mr. Martins, Mrs. Rosemayer, Mr. & Mrs Smith, Mr. Tony Rozario, Mrs. S. Abraham, Mrs. Anjali Dere, Mrs. Neera Verma, Mrs. Noreen Mclaren, Ms. Soumya Nagpal, Mr. Rajesh Bhasker, Mrs. Veena Nagpal, Mrs. S. Bhargava, Mrs. P. Gupta, Mr. D.N. Zutshi, Mrs. S. Segal, Mrs. Mary E. Mathew, Mrs. Afsari Khan, Mrs S. Flory, Mr. Rosemayer, Mr. V.K. Sarin, Mr. B. Miranda, Mr. M. T. Joseph, Mrs. A. Jacob, Mrs. A. Thomas, Mr. K. D. Thomas, Mr. Suresh Pal,
Mr. S.K. Bhargava, Mr. Jose Paul, Mr. V. K. Sarin, Mrs. E. Koshy, Mrs. Devadas,
Mrs. Marina Thomas, Ms. Daisy Jacob, Mrs. A. Singh, Mrs. M. Hala, Mrs. K. Tandon,
Mrs. L. H. Jacob, Mr. J. Chhaudda, Mr. P. J. Abraham, Mr. S. K. Malhotra, Mrs. S. Krishnan, Mr. S. S. Sharma, Mrs. Mariamma Thomas, Mr. T. Mattappally, Mrs. S. Devasundaram, Mr. D. D. Malik, Mr. P. Bablani, Mr. Joseph Thomas, Mr. George Anthraper, Mrs. A. Venkataramanan, Mrs. A. Singh, Mr. M. L. Kaushik,Mrs. S. Sood,
Mr. Jacob Uralil, Mr. M. Robinson, Mrs. A. Ghildiyal, Mrs. Bhahadur, Mr. P. K. Joseph, Mr. P. M. Thomas, Mr. P. Fernandez, Mr. Roshan Lal, Mrs. P. Nazareth, Mrs. Gemma D'sa, Mrs. S. Noor, Mrs. M. Devasia, Mr. D. Bellet, Mr. Frankie D'Souza, Mr. George Thomas, Mr. F. Salema, Mr. Douglas Neale, Mr. Dawson, Mr. Ben Moss, Mr. Peterson, Mr. P. N. Sharma, Mr. A.K.V. Singh, Mr. George, Mr. Sebastian, Mr. H. S. Salaria, and Mr. Jack Imlay.
F.The junior School:
Mrs. Pearl Scott, Miss Liza Arakal, Mrs. R. Robinson, Mrs. S. Goyal, Ms. J. Murphy, Mrs. D. Singh, Mrs. U. Tangiri, Mrs. Marlene D'Souza, Mrs. Mary Regis, Mrs. T. Arora Mrs. Bhagwar, Mrs. S. Das, Mrs. K. Thakur, Mrs. S. S. Kohli, Mrs. R. Tuteja, Mrs. T. Safir, Miss Annie Jose, Mrs. Kanta Kapur, Mrs. I. Malvea, Mrs. U. Nanda, Mrs. C. Pinto, Mrs. A. Singh, Mrs. A. Lazarus, Mrs. A. Ramaiah, Mrs. G. Bhatt, Mrs. E. Mathew, Mrs. L. Jacob, Mrs. Lily Abraham, Mrs. S. Aggarwal, Mrs. S. Dutta, Mr. Rajeshwar Paul, Ms. S. Rangarass, Mrs. M. Dayal, Mr. U. Joseph, Mrs. Kanchan Verma, Mrs. Virginia Dominick, Mrs. P. Sinha, Mrs. D. Seth, Mrs. C. Fernandez, Mr. T. Mannila and Mrs. Gladys Sarang,
G. Prep Department:
Mrs. Agnes Beckwith Tullet, Mrs. Bridget Halge, Mrs. Zareen Pantakee, Mrs. Rani Nicholas, Ms. Eleanor Bajpai, Mrs. P. Washington, Mrs. N. Umrigar, Mrs. Carol Edwins, Mrs. Kanta Kapoor, Ms. Martina Pereira, Mrs. M. Jeremiah, Mrs. A. Devasia, Mrs. V. Sharma, Mrs. R. Mathur, Mrs. R. Jacob, Mrs. M. Dhingara, Mrs. Agatha Joseph and Mrs. T. Thomas (Hema)