Blessed Feast of St. Peter Claver! St. Peter Claver was born in Spain, in 1580,…

Blessed Feast of St. Peter Claver!

St. Peter Claver was born in Spain, in 1580, from a poor family. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at in 1602 and took his final vows two years later. While studying philosophy at Majorca, the young religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Carribean and minister to slaves.

In 1610, he landed in modern-day Colombia, the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves landed every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself by special vow to the service of African slaves, a vocation that was to last for thirty-three years.

Boarding slave ships as they entered the harbor, St. Peter Claver woud offer whatever refreshments he could afford, care for the sick and dying, and instruct the slaves with African catechists before administering the Sacraments. Through his efforts, 300,000 souls entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely until he died in 1654. (Source: “The Catholic Encyclopedia”)

St. Peter Claver, pray for us!

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Blessed Feast of St. Peter Claver!

St. Peter Claver was born in Spain, in 1580, from a poor family. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at in 1602 and took his final vows two years later. While studying philosophy at Majorca, the young religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Carribean and minister to slaves.

In 1610, he landed in modern-day Colombia, the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves landed every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself by special vow to the service of African slaves, a vocation that was to last for thirty-three years.

Boarding slave ships as they entered the harbor, St. Peter Claver woud offer whatever refreshments he could afford, care for the sick and dying, and instruct the slaves with African catechists before administering the Sacraments. Through his efforts, 300,000 souls entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely until he died in 1654. (Source: “The Catholic Encyclopedia”)

St. Peter Claver, pray for us!

—–

BIG PROBLEM? Watch this video ➜ http://youtu.be/Hq3Qaf95HNY

GET INVOLVED! Become a Prayer Warrior or start or join one of our teams ➜ http://bit.ly/1bqNLzE

TRAINING! Do you have fallen away family and friends and want to learn more about helping them back to the faith without pushing them away? Become a Member of SPSE and receive access to our online Basic Evangelization Training resources. Evangelization is not just for priests and street evangelists, but for all Catholics! Sign up today ➜ http://bit.ly/1gTKdNH

NEWSLETTER! Sign up for our email or our snail mail newsletter by filling out the form here ➜ http://bit.ly/1lQsCoI

DONATE! Help us spread the Gospel ➜ http://bit.ly/1dm1Hfv

If you are buying or selling a home and want to support the Gospel of Life and the New Evangelization, contact Dave at Real Estate For Life at ➜ realty@stpaulse.com (mention SPSE!)

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