St. Xavier's School is named after St. Francis Xavier, a
Jesuit saint of the 16th Century, who traveled to India. The
school was established by the Society of Jesus, a Christian
religious group founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540.
Since its inception, the members of the Society of Jesus,
popularly known as 'Jesuits', have toiled in the field of
education, among other things, and were originally called
'the Schoolmasters of Europe'. They manage educational and
other service institutions throughout India and the rest of
the world. They are inspired by a vision of humanity drawn
from the life, teachings and personality of Jesus Christ.
St. Xavier's School is a Christian Minority School, established
in 1966 at the invitation of Bokaro Steel Plant. They felt
the necessity of a school in Bokaro Steel City, where the
children of their employees could be taught up to the Higher
Secondary or its equivalent stage through the medium of English.
They invited Xaviers Hazaribagh Association to undertake the
opening and running of such a school. The school opened on
18th July 1966.
In 1996 the ownership and management of the school was transferred
to Hazaribag Jesuit Education Society, a Society registered
under the Societies Registration Act 1886 XXI-192 of 2005-2006
and a Charitable Trust registered under Section 12A of the
Income Tax Act 1961, Reg. No. VIII-39/1996-97. HJES is the
legal title of that section of the Society of Jesus working
in education, mainly in the districts of Hazaribag, Bokaro,
Koderma, Chatra, Latehar, Palamau, and Garhwa in the state
The Jesuits continue to manage St. Xavier's, Bokaro Steel
City, though they now enjoy the collaboration of the Sisters
of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation.
Aim and Policy
The school is under Christian management and its goals include
the development of the spiritual potential in each individual.
This imposes an obligation first on the staff to provide an
educational service that depends as much on the quality of
their dedication as on their academic competence and qualifications.
It is assumed that this can be achieved only through belief
in and reliance on divine help.
It further imposes on parents and students, who desire this
type of education, an obligation to develop a social conscience.
Whatever their caste, creed, or financial situation, they
too should be ready to share the school's commitment to the
whole community irrespective of caste, creed and social status,
and the school's belief that this is linked to genuine spiritual
growth, however interior it may be.
In particular, the school as a whole is committed to providing
education for children, who come from a less privileged background.
The school does this through its governing body, which runs
schools primarily for the benefit of such deprived children.
Our Hindi Medium Section is a concrete example of this commitment.
Besides this, our students and staff, through the Social Service
League and other activities, voluntarily work to help such
Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552 was born near Pamplona, Spain
on April 7, 1506. Xavier was educated at the University of
Paris. In 1529, while in Paris, he met the Spanish ascetic,
Ignatius of Loyola. Xavier was one of the group that joined
Ignatius to found the Society of Jesus. He arrived at Goa
in India on 6th May, 1542. He taught children, visited prisoners,
and comforted the sick in hospitals. He shared with people
the teachings of Jesus and instructed them to love and to
hope. He inspired them to be kind and compassionate towards
one another and to become agents of peace, prosperity and
justice. From Goa he traveled to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Malacca,
Amboina, Morotai, Japan, Sancian Island and Singapore, and
continued to serve and inspire people by his exemplary lifestyle.
On 21st November, 1552 he fell ill on Sancian Island and died
on 3rd December and was buried there. In 1553 his incorrupt
body was exhumed and buried in Malacca. On 15th August his
body was again exhumed and taken to Goa. It has been kept
there in the Basilica of Bom Jesus ever since. People from
all over the world, irrespective of their religious affiliation
and social status, visit the Basilica everyday and draw inspiration
and enlightenment from the saint.
IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
(Founder of the Society of Jesus)
Ignatius was born in 1491 at Loyola in Spain. After serving
some time in the
royal court, he turned to a military career. In 1521 he was
wounded at the siege of Pamplona and, while convalescing,
he conceived a burning desire to become a follower of Jesus.
His experiences during this time at Manresa were to provide
the core of his spiritual classic `The Spiritual Exercises'.
In 1537 he was ordained a priest in Venice, and in the same
year moved to Rome. There in 1540, along with his nine companions,
he founded the Society of Jesus. Francis Xavier was one of
them. In the following year Ignatius was elected the Society’s
first General Superior. In every kind of way he and his companions
contributed greatly to the renewal of the Catholic Church
and Christian life in the sixteenth century. They were also
chiefly instrumental in the spread of education in Europe.
Ignatius died in Rome in 1556, and was declared a saint by
Pope Gregory XV in 1622.
The Jesuits at St. Xavier’s School , ( Bokaro Steel
Bro, Rajendra Tete SJ
Pradeep Shail, SJ
George Thomas, SJ
Fr. Rosner Xalxo SJ
|Fr. Pradeep Shail SJ, Principal (2010 - )