- Peter Martyr
- Peter of Verona
- Peter the Martyr
Son of Catharist heretics. Educated in a Catholic school and at the University of Bologna, Italy. Embraced orthodox Catholicism upon hearing the teaching of Saint Dominic. Became a Dominican at age 16, received into the Order by Saint Dominic. Prior of the Dominican house in Como, Italy. Priest. Noted and inspiring preacher in the Lombard region, he spoke often against the Catharists. Called a “Second Paul” because he turned from heresy and tried to convert his former confreres. Inquisitor for northern Italy c.1234, appointed by Pope Gregory IX. Assigned to preach against Manichaeanism, he evangelized throughout Italy. Murdered by Catharists on the road. Miracle worker.
- struck on the head with an axe, then stabbed through the heart on 6 April 1252 on the road near Milan, Italy
- interred in the mausoleum of the church of Saint Eustorgio, Milan
- miracles reported at his tomb
- Dominican holding a knife
- Dominican in a forest being stabbed
- Dominican with a gash across his head
- Dominican with a knife in his shoulder
- Dominican with a knife splitting his head
- Dominican with a large knife in his head
- Dominican with his finger on his lips
- Dominican with the Virgin Mary and four female saints appearing to him
- Dominican writing credo in unum deum in the dust as he dies
- man with a knife in his head and a sword in his breast
Here silent is Christ’s Herald;
Here quenched, the People’s Light;
Here lies the martyred Champion
Who fought Faith’s holy fight.
The Voice the sheep heard gladly,
The light they loved to see
He fell beneath the weapons
Of graceless Cathari.
The Saviour crowns His Soldier;
His praise the people psalm.
The Faith he kept adorns him
With martyr’s fadeless palm.
His praise new marvels utter,
New light he spreads abroad
And now the whole wide city
Knows well the path to God.
- “Saint Peter Verona“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 April 2015. Web. 4 May 2015. <>