Saint Peter Claver, S.J., (Spanish: Pedro Claver y Corberó, Catalan: Pere Claver i Corberó) (26 June 1581–8 September 1654) was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary born in Verdú (Catalonia) who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Colombia and ministry to African Americans. During the 40 years of his ministry in Colombia it is estimated he personally baptized around 300,000 people.
St. Peter Claver understood the importance of tangible service as an effective form of communicating the Word of God as in distributing food and medicine to his black bretheren. Hevoften said "We must speak to them with our hands before we try to speak to them with our lips."
Profile created by Veronica Williams 09:14, 10 June 2014 (EDT)
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.