CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Peter of Alcantara 26 October 2017


St. Peter of Alcántara

.Born at Alcántara, Spain, 1499; died 18 Oct., 1562. His father, Peter Garavita, was the governor of the place, and his mother was of the noble family of Sanabia. After a course of grammar and philosophy in his native town, he was sent, at the age of fourteen, to the University of Salamanca. Returning home, he became a Franciscan in the convent of the Stricter Observance at Manxaretes in 1515. At the age of twenty-two he was sent to found a new community of the Stricter Observance at Badajoz. He was ordained priest in 1524, and the following year made guardian of the convent of St. Mary of the Angels at Robredillo. A few years later he began preaching with much success. He preferred to preach to the poor; and his sermons, taken largely from the Prophets and Sapiential Books, breathe the tenderest human sympathy. The reform of the “Discalced Friars” had, at the time when Peter entered the order, besides the convents in Spain, the Custody of Sta. Maria Pietatis in Portugal, subject to the General of the Observants.

Source: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Peter of Alcantara

Lives by JOHN OF SANTA MARIA, Min. Obs. Ale. Chron. Prov. S. Jos., 1, I; and MARCHESIO (Rome, 1667); PAULO, Vita S. Petri Alc. (Rome, 1669); WADDING, Annales, an. 1662; LEO, Lives of the Saints and Blessed of the Three Orders of St. Francis, IV (Taunton, 1888); Acta SS., Oct., VIII, 636 sq.

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MLA citation. Reagan, Nicholas. “St. Peter of Alcántara.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.26 Oct. 2017 <;.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Herman F. Holbrook. O Saint Peter, and all ye holy Priests and Levites, pray for us.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.