Book of Saints – Peter of Alcantara

Saint Peter of AlcantaraArticle

(Saint) (October 19) (16th century) One of the famous Spanish Mystics (Saint Teresa, Saint John of the Cross, Blessed John of Avila, etc.) who are the glory of the age of the disastrous Protestant rebellion against the Church in the North of Europe. Saint Peter was a Franciscan and originated one of the strictest Reforms of his Order. His short Treatise on Prayer was much valued by Saint Francis of Sales and other Masters of the Interior Life; but Saint Peter is perhaps chiefly celebrated for the incredible austerities he practised, and for his marvellous gift of supernatural communion with God. He is also gratefully to be remembered for the encouragement he gave to Saint Teresa. He died A.D. 1562 at the age of sixty-three.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Peter of Alcantara”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 October 2016. Web. 17 January 2019. <>