St. Peter Canisius

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/21

Patron Of: Catholic Press, Writers of Catechisms, Germany

Also known as
    Hammer of Protestantism
    Peter Kanis
    Second Apostle of Germany

    Educated in Cologne, Germany; an excellent student, he received a master’s degree by age 19. He became a Jesuit after attending a retreat conducted by Blessed Peter Faber. Preacher. Writer. Teacher. He travelled and worked with Saint Ignatius of Loyola. During prayers he received a vision of the Sacred Heart, and ever after offered his work to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He led the Counter-Reformation in German lands. His catechism went through 200 editions during his life, and was translated into 12 languages. Ordained in 1546. Founded colleges. Addressed the Council of Trent on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

    8 May 1521 as Peter Kanis at Niemguen, Holland

    1597 at Fribourg, Switzerland

    1864 by Pope Pius IX

    1925 by Pope Pius XI

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