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Saint Peter Gonzalez

Saint Peter Gonzalez

Feast Day
Apr 14, 2013
<p>St. Peter Gonzalez, O.P. was born in 1190 in Astorga, Leon, Spain.&nbsp; He is sometimes referred to as Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, St. Telmo, or St. Elmo.&nbsp; His uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, educated him.&nbsp; He was given a Canonry when he was very young by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga.&nbsp; Later he resigned this position and entered the Dominican Order, where he became a renowned preacher.&nbsp; Crowds would gather to hear him and numberless conversions were the result of his efforts.&nbsp; He accompanied the King, St. Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon on his expeditions against the Moors, but his real ambition was to preach to the poor. &nbsp;</p> <p>He devoted the remainder of his life to the instruction and conversion of the ignorant and the mariners in Galicia and along the coast of Spain.&nbsp; He died on April 15, 1246, at Tui, and is buried in the local Cathedral there.&nbsp; Pope Innocent IV beatified him in 1254.&nbsp; Although he was confirmed in 1741 of having a large dedicated following, and for his innumerable conversions, he was never formally canonized.&nbsp; The Church considers him a saint.&nbsp; Since St. Erasmus is the patron saint of sailors, generally St. Peter Gonzalez is considered the patron saint of Spanish and Portuguese sailors specifically.&nbsp; They both to this day, are popularly invoked as the patron saint of sailors.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Practical Take Away</strong></span></p> <p>St. Peter Gonzalez was born in Spain, and was educated by his uncle the Bishop of Astorga.&nbsp; He was drawn to the faith through the mentoring of his uncle, a very popular Bishop in his time.&nbsp; He was drawn to the spirituality of the Dominicans, and entered their Order and became a Preacher.&nbsp; He was known for the large crowds of people that he would draw while preaching, and the numberless conversions that would take place from these.&nbsp; He truly was a gift to the Church, in building her up in his time.&nbsp; Many people are Catholic today because of their ancestors being converted by him in the 12<sup>th</sup> and 13<sup>th</sup> centuries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>