September 9 - Saint Peter Claver

Quick Facts

  • Farmer's son.
  • Studied at the University of Barcelona.Jesuit from age 20.
  • Priest.
  • Influenced by Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez to become a missionary in America.
  • Ministered, physically and spiritually, to slaves when they arrived in Cartegena, converting a reported 300,000, and working for humane treatment on the plantations for 40 years.
  • Organized charitable societies among the Spanish in America similar to those organized in Europe by Saint Vincent de Paul.
  • Peter said of the slaves, "We must speak to them with our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips."