Father Luis Cancer de Barbastro

Also known as

  • Apostle of Central America


Dominican martyr. In 1514 he came to America at the head of a band of Dominican missionaries and settled among the Indians of Vera Paz, Central America. He composed many religious hymns in the Zapote language. Returning to Spain, he obtained a vessel to accomplish his mission in Florida. When, he arrived at the Bay of Tampa, Father Luis went ashore and was killed by savages.


  • Saragossa, Aragon, Spain


MLA Citation

  • “Father Luis Cancer de Barbastro“. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 August 2013. Web. 24 March 2018. <>