Born Daniel Welch on April 6, 1902 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, he went to parochial school and then to Newburyport High School. For a while he worked in the post office. He professed his vows on August 15, 1926. His religious name was Xavier. He was ordained on May 22, 1932 by Bishop Thomas J. Walsh at St. Michael’s Monastery, Union City, New Jersey. He was a hospital chaplain at St. Agnes, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a professor of philosophy and theology at the Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk where he was also rector. He also was vicar in Baltimore. He loved the ritual connected with liturgy and to many he could be considered a triumphalist. It came out as a devotion for faith and the culture which surrounded it. He never failed to express his love for the Pope.
April 6, 1902
August 15, 1926
May 22, 1932
May 24, 1976
Xavier of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Welch