Roman Rite Calendar - 09/09
Against Slavery, Black Missions, Race Relations, Colombia, African Americans, African Missions
Also known as
Slave of the Blacks
Slave of the Slaves
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."
1581 at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain
8 September 1654 at Cartegena, Colombia of natural causes.
1888 by Pope Leo XIII
Lake Charles, Louisiana, diocese of
Shreveport, Louisiana, diocese of
Witbank, South Africa, diocese of
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