Book of Saints – Peter Gonzalez

detail of the painting 'Miracle of the Holy Body' by Luís António Bernes, 1908, showing Saint Peter Gonzales sailing on his cloak; Chapel of Our Lady of Conception and Holy Body, Câmara de Lobos, Madeira, Spain; photograph in 1992 by Rui Camacho; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Elmo) (Saint) (April 15) (13th century) A Spanish Dominican Saint, famous for his humility of heart and for the reforms he effected in the Court of King Ferdinand III. When Cordova was recovered from the Moors, his prayers and influence obtained kindly treatment for its Mohammedan inhabitants. He laboured much in seaports and among sailors. Seafaring men in Spain look up to Blessed Peter as their special Protector. By some misunderstanding, they have come to invoke him as Saint Elmo, the name of the far more ancient Saint, Saint Erasmus, the once recognised Patron Saint of seamen. Blessed Peter died A.D. 1240.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Peter Gonzalez”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 October 2016. Web. 29 July 2021. <>