Father Luis Cancer de Barbastro

Also known as

  • Apostle of Central America


Dominican martyr. In 1514 he came to America at the head of a band of Dominican missionaries and settled among the Indians of Vera Paz, Central America. He composed many religious hymns in the Zapote language. Returning to Spain, he obtained a vessel to accomplish his mission in Florida. When, he arrived at the Bay of Tampa, Father Luis went ashore and was killed by savages. His Cause for canonization as one of The Martyrs of la Florida Missions has opened.


  • Saragossa, Aragon, Spain


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Father Luis Cancer de Barbastro“. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2019. Web. 6 March 2021. <>