New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Peter of Alcantara

Saint Peter of AlcantaraArticle

Confessor; founder of the Reform Congregation of the Spanish Discalceates (Alcantarini); born Alcantara, Spain, 1499; died Arenas, 1562. He was educated at the University of Salamanca; entered the Franciscan Order at Manxarretes, 1515; ordained, c.1524; made superior of the province of Saint Gabriel, 1538; he drew up the Constitutions of the Stricter Obseriants, 1540. He retired with John of Avila to the mountains of Arilbida, Portugal, and established there several small communities, which were united in the Provlnce of Arabida, 1560. The order spread through Spain and Portugal, and Peter was elected superior, 1556. Associated with him in his work were Saint Francis Borgia, Saint John of Avila, Saint Louis of Granada, and Saint Teresa of Avila. Patron of night watchmen. Canonized, 1669. Relics at Arenas, Old Castile. Feast, Roman Calendar, 19 October.

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  • “Saint Peter of Alcantara”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 August 2018. Web. 8 March 2021. <>