A Brief Historical Note

St. Xavier High School

St. Xavier High School, Rania, Haryana

The school is named after St. Francis Xavier the Apostle of the East, a 15th century Jesuit priest, who is also the patron of our Missionary Society.

This minority institution is administered by Society of Pilar, Punjab-Haryana, a branch of the Society of Pilar, Goa, established under Art. 30 (#1) of the Constitution of India

In 1960, Fr. Mariano Pereira and Fr. Ovidio D’Cunha arrived in Sirsa and established first community of Pilar Fathers in North India. Two years later in 1962, a hostel cum orphanage was opened to accommodate needy children. In 1965, a small Hindi Medium School took shape with 15 boys and it expanded over the years. In 1974, Fr. Francisco Diniz started St. Xavier’s High School in Sirsa that continues to educated children with Christian ideals. Able and dedicated priests of the Society of Pilar have served the institution in various capacities since then.

Along with activities in Sirsa these priests began ministering to Christians in Rania. Fr. Inacinho Dourado, one of the early missionary priests purchased a small plot of land in Pratapnagar village to build a community hall. In July 1972, Fr. M.T. Antony (Devanand) started a Hindi Medium School in a humble way under shade of a huge neem tree which took branches and came to be known as Jagat Jyoti Vidhayala. In 1982, a plot measuring two acres was purchased in Rania to shift the school. It is here memories of Sisters of Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King (FMCK) in white sari imparting education till 2010 lingers on. Under their care needy hostel girls studying in school were cared and loved.

Due to changing scenario in the country and efficacy of English studies parents requested the school management to adopt English as medium of instruction, which it obliged in 2013. In 2018, School name was changed to St. Xavier High School. On Nov. 04, 2019 foundation of new school building was laid at Bharolanwali village and inaugurated on Aug. 04, 2021 to provide better facilities to students.