Saint Louis Bertrand

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Louis Bertrand stained glass window, date and artist unknown; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPAlso known as

  • 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.








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

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Louis Bertrand“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 February 2020. Web. 28 July 2021. <>