- Apostle of South America
- Lewis Bertrand
- Luis Beltran
Relative of Saint Vincent Ferrer. Deeply religious from childhood, Louis joined the Dominicans in 1544 at age 18. Ordained in 1547 at age 21. Noted preacher. Master of novices for 30 years. Worked with plague victims in 1557. Friend of Saint Teresa of Avila, and helped her reform her order. Missionary to Central and South America, and to the Caribbean; Louis expected to be martyred. He survived a poisoning attacks by local shamans, and reported to have converted 15,000. Prophet, miracle worker, and may have had the gift of tongues. After seven years of work, Louis returned to Spain to report on the bad actions of Spaniards in the region; he was re-assigned to preaching and training novices in Valencia.
- chalice surmounted by a serpent
- extinguishing a fire
- holding a chalice occupied by a serpent (represents the attempts to poison him)
- holding a cross
O Christ, our King, most meek and kind,
Do Thou possess our inmost mind,
That we may render Thee our praise
Through every moment of our days.
– Saint Louis Bertrand
- “Saint Louis Bertrand“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 October 2016. Web. 23 March 2017. <>