Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saint Peter Claver – Feast Day – September 9

Saint Peter Claver Profile. Born: 26 June 1580 in Spain, Europe. Worked in Colombia. Died: 8 September 1654 in Spain. Feast Day is celebrated on September 9.

Saint Peter Claver Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 26 June 1580
Country of Birth Spain in Europe
Profession Spanish Jesuit Priest
Place of Work Colombia
Date of Death 8 September 1654
Place of Death Cartagena, New Kingdom of Granada, Spanish Empire
Feast Day September 9
Beatification By Pope Blessed Pius IX on 20 July 1850 in Rome, Papal States
Canonization By Pope Leo XIII on 15 January 1888 in Rome, Italy
Patron Saint of 1. Slaves
2. Colombia
3. Race relations
4. Ministry to African-Americans
5. Seafarers

Saint’s Biography

Saint Peter Claver, Priest was a Spanish Jesuit. In Majorca he fell in with the holy lay-brother Alphonsus Rodriguez, who, having already learned by revelation the saintly career of Peter, became his spiritual guide, foretold to him the labors he would undergo in the Indies, and the throne he would gain in heaven.

Ordained priest in New Granada, Peter was sent to Cartagena, the great slave-mart of the West Indies, and there he consecrated himself by vow to the salvation of those ignorant and miserable creatures. For more than forty years he labored in this work.

He called himself “the slave of the slaves.” He was their apostle, father, physician, and friend. He fed them, nursed. Then with the utmost tenderness in their loathsome diseases, often applying his own lips to their hideous sores. His cloak, which was the constant covering of the naked, though soiled with their filthy ulcers, sent forth a miraculous perfume.

His rest after his great labors was in nights of penance and prayer. However tired he might be, when news arrived of a fresh slave-ship, Saint Peter immediately revived, his eyes brightened, and he was at once on board amongst his dear slaves, bringing them comfort for body and soul.

A false charge of reiterating Baptism for a while stopped his work. He submitted without a murmur till the calumny was refuted, and then God so blessed his toil that 40,000 negroes were baptized before he went to his reward, in 1654.

Many organizations, missions, parishes, religious communities, schools, and hospitals bear his name and continue Claver’s mission.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

When you see anyone standing in need of your assistance, either for body or soul, do not ask yourself why someone else did not help him, but think to yourself that you have found a treasure.

Saint Peter Claver
Saint Peter Claver

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