How Will You Leave Your Legacy?

Your gift helps Xavier maintain its commitment to affordable excellence. Estate gifts are an integral part in assuring that a Xavier education remains accessible to all qualified students, regardless of family means. Large or small, every gift makes a difference in the lives of students on 16th Street.

There are many ways to make charitable contributions, and every contribution helps Xavier maintain excellence in Jesuit education. When you make a gift, you will become part of our Larkin Legacy Society and an important part of the future of Xavier.

We invite you to join us. Please consider a confidential, no-obligation conversation to start this journey with us.

The Larkin Legacy Society

Those who remember Xavier in a will, trust, or other legacy gift are welcomed into the Larkin Legacy Society. Planned gifts of all sizes help support scholarships, faculty development, campus improvements, and special programs at Xavier.

In the last four years, Xavier gained more than 70 new Larkin Legacy Society members. Help us continue to grow by becoming a member today.

If you've included Xavier in your charitable plans or intend to do so, please let us know. Sharing your intentions allows us to help you choose the gift that's right for you, and better plan for Xavier's future.

Larkin

The Larkin Legacy Society

Rev. John Larkin, S.J. was a man of great conviction who believed firmly in the mission of educating young men in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Charged by Bishop John Hughes in August 1847 to leave St. John's College at Fordham in the Bronx to found-with no finances to do so-a church and a school in the 14th Ward of New York City, Larkin soon found both the financial backing he needed along with an appropriate location at 40 Elizabeth Street. By September of 1847 both the Church and School of the Holy Name of Jesus-what are now the Church of St. Francis Xavier and Xavier High School-opened their doors.

On the night of Saturday January 22, 1848, a newly installed furnace caught fire and burned the church and school to the ground. In the devastation that followed, Reverend Father Superior came down from the Bronx to inform Fr. Larkin and the other Jesuit faculty that, in light of the fact that there was no longer any church or school, they were to return to the Bronx. Larkin refused. With steadfast resolve, and within just two days of the fire, he secured sacramental assistance from a nearby French parish as well as academic space in the basement of a nearby Protestant church on James Street. It was there, to the great joy of the 120 students then enrolled, that classes resumed on Tuesday January 25, 1848. They have continued ever since.

It was Rev. John Larkin, S.J.'s resolve and determination that allowed Xavier and its mission to educate young men of the New York metropolitan community in a Jesuit, Catholic tradition, to continue. It is fitting that Xavier's legacy society, comprised of those alumni, parents and friends of Xavier who have committed to remember Xavier in their estate plans, bears his name. Planned gifts to Xavier through help sustain Xavier's mission and are integral in ensuring that a Xavier education remains accessible to qualified young men of the New York metropolitan area.

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There are many giving options available to you, such as naming Xavier as a beneficiary in your will and charitable gift annuities that provide steady income for you and your family during your lifetime. For more information, please find our contact information below, or submit this form.




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