New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Peter Claver

[Saint Peter Claver]Article

Confessor; apostle of the Negroes; born Verdu, Catalonia, 1580; died Cartagena, South America, 1654. After graduating from the university of Barcelona, he became a Jesuit, 1601, and by the advice of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez volunteered for the South American mission. Landing at Cartagena, in 1610, he was ordained there, 1616, and devoted his remaining days to alleviating the spiritual and bodily miseries of the African slaves, 300,000 of whom he baptized. Patron of the Negro missions. Represented surrounded by Negroes. Canonized, 1888. Feast, 9 September.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Peter Claver”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 August 2013. Web. 20 September 2017. <>