Saints of the Day – Peter of Castelnau, O.S.B., Cistercian, Martyr


Born near Montpelier, France; died 1208. Blessed Peter became archdeacon of Maguelonne in 1199 and a Cistercian monk at Fontfroide around 1202. The following year Pope Innocent III appointed him apostolic legate and inquisitor for the Albigensians to lead the famous expedition of evangelization in which Saint Dominic participated. While engaged in that work he was run through by a lance at the hands of one of the Albigensians. As he died, he said: “May God forgive you, brother, as fully as I forgive you” (Benedictines).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>