'For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul?' These captivating words from the Bible pierced the heart of St. Francis Xavier, the patron of our college and prompted him to abandon his personal ambitions and dedicate himself to the service of God and His people. It was the friendship with St. Ignatius of Loyola that persuaded St. Francis Xavier to embrace the challenge of living his life for the others. Together they founded the Jesuits whose primary mission turned out to be formation of young minds through education. Within 15 years of their existence, the Jesuits carved a niche for themselves in education and soon were called the 'schoolmasters of Europe.' Jesuit education which has the legacy of transforming individuals to responsible leaders has always aimed at the magis (more) for the last five hundred years in 114 countries and continues to do so. The Jesuits entered the field of education in Nepal in 1952 with St. Xavier's Godavari School and in 1988 St. Xavier's College was established. Those of us who are enjoying student and staff life this year in St. Xavier's College is fortunate to be part of the Silver Jubilee year of the college. As we look back at the past 25 years, we salute the many Jesuits who contributed laboriously to develop our college to a hub of education that caters to 3000 students with utmost care and love. Needles to mention, Jesuit education has a unique nature that moulds students to be competent, compassionate and committed citizens. The staff team of our college has been effective ambassadors in implementing the Jesuit pedagogy of learning for which Jesuit colleges are the most sought after all over the world. As we move on as Xavierians, let us continue to celebrate life and inspire others to do the same. May this year be a fruitful and joyous one!
Welcome to St. Xavier's College family.
God bless you.
Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.
St. Xavier's College
About the College
St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu, is an educational institution of higher learning established in 1988 and managed by the Nepal Jesuit Society. Jesuits began their educational work in Nepal in 1951 with the opening of St. Xavier's School, Godavari, followed by St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel and St. Xavier's School, Deonia.
Jesuits have served people of all faiths, all over the world, as educators, scientists, explorers and social reformers since 1540. That centuries old tradition of service to others is the cornerstone of Jesuit education. Education at Xavier's prepares each student to live and lead in all the endeavors. It fosters critical thinking, positive action and service to others. It challenges students to go beyond career preparation. It encourages the student to be job creators rather than job seekers, creative designers of the future.