Pune, India: Fr Francis Xavier Kroot mhm Declared a Servant of God

Pune, India: Fr Francis Xavier Kroot mhm Declared a Servant of God

The Servant of God

Francis Xavier Kroot, A Visionary, a Missionary.

7.12.1854 – 5.1.1900

Msgr. Francis Xavier Kroot, a Mill Hill Missionary and the Founder of the Fatima Sisters. He was outstanding in priestly piety, and robust pastoral and missionary zeal. Born on 7 Dec. 1854 at Zwolle, Holland, young Francis, felt a call to the missionary life and joined the Mill Hill Missionary Society, London, wherein his older brother Anthony Kroot was already at Mill Hill studying. He was ordained on 9 June 1878.

Landed in India at the age of 24, he served as a pastor with outstanding zeal at Madras, Poonamallee, Bellary, Kurnool and Nellore. Moved by the plight of the poor women and children, he founded an Indian congregation known as “Missionary Sisters of St. Francis Xavier” but due to several reasons, they came to be known as Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima. Later he served as Seminary Rector at Nellore and in 1897 he was made the Chaplain of Fort St. George, Madras, and the Editor of Catholic Watchman (currently, The New Leader). Due to his weak health, he was forced to go to Europe for treatment, accompanied by his brother, Fr Anthony Kroot.  But on the way, he was admitted at the St. Mary of the Angels’ Hospital, at Hyeres, France, where he died on 5 January 1900. In June 1988, his mortal remains were brought to Pune and interred at Fatima Sisters Generalate chapel, in 1988. May God soon grant him the honours of the altar.


Congregation for Cause of Saints

Rome, 25 July 2017

Your Excellency,

By the letter written on 20 April of this year 2017, your Excellency is enquiring of this Congregation for the Cause of Saints, whether on the part of the Holy See, there is any objection for the beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Kroot, a professed priest of the Society of the Missionaries of St Joseph of Mill Hill and the Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima, who completed his life in the year of the Lord 1900.

Having explored, it pleases me to ascertain, your Excellency, that on the part of the Holy See there is nothing that hinders, as far as the cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Kroot be taken up, giving attention to the “norms to be kept in the queries to be made by the Bishop in the causes of the Saints”, given in the month of February of the year 1983 by this same Congregation.

United with your Excellency in the Lord,

Angelus Cardinal Amato, SDB Prefect

+ Marcellus Bartolucci,  Titular Archbishop of Mevanien Secretary

Most Rev. Heniy D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary Cantonment, Bellary – 583 104 Karnataka India



Prayer for Canonization of



O God, you are the source of all life and holiness.

We praise and thank you for giving us your servant Francis Xavier Kroot, a holy pastor and zealous missionary.
You enabled him to proclaim the Good News and render invaluable service to the poor and needy.
His trust in your providence, heroic pursuit of holiness and joyful willingness to endure hardships,
made him a shining example for all.

We humbly beseech you, O God, to raise him to the honours of the altar
and make him a powerful intercessor for us in heaven.
Through his intercession grant us this favour (mention your intention).
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us

St Francis Xavier – Pray for us

All you Saints of God – Pray for us

Imprimatur:    (Please report any favours/ miracles obtained through the intercession of the Servant of God Francis Xavier Kroot.)

+Bishop Henry D’Souza,    Bishop of Bellary.

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