Saint Juan Macías

detail from an antique Dutch holy card of Saint Juan MaciasAlso known as

  • Juan de Massias
  • Juan Massias
  • Juan Macias
  • John….
  • Arcas Sánchez



Born to a pious and impoverished Spanish noble family. Orphaned young, he worked as a shepherd. Worked on a South American cattle ranch around Cartagena, Colombia. Dominican lay brother at Lima, Peru, received by the house on 23 January 1622. Worked as porter or doorkeeper for his friary for over 20 years. Noted for visions, for his care for the poor of Lima, and for his endless praying of the Rosary, offering all his prayers for the release of souls in Purgatory; traditions says that he freed over a million through his prayers. Friend of Saint Martin de Porres.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Juan Macías“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2015. Web. 28 November 2015. <>