Book of Saints – Saint Peter Canisius

Saint Peter CanisiusArticle

December 21

Peter was born in Holland on 8 May 1521. He became a Jesuit. Saint Ignatius kept him by his side for five months. On the day of his final vows, as he knelt in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he was favored with a vision of the Sacred Heart. From that time he never failed to make an offering of all his work to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Peter became known for his preaching and writing. He was sent to Germany where he attacked heretical teaching. He wrote a catechism which was translated into many languages. He founded a number of colleges.

Peter was the second great Apostle of Germany, the first being Saint Boniface. He was one of the greatest opponents of the Reformation through his preaching and writing of books in defense of the Faith.

Peter died in Switzerland in 1597. Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1925 and proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Peter Canisius”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 15 September 2019. <>