St. Peter Claver

St. Peter Claver ministered to slaves arriving in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena. He fed them and treated their diseases and wounds.

His feast day is September 9.

Patron Saint of …

St. Peter Claver is the patron saint of slaves, race relations, and seafarers.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest

Readings for the Memorial may also be taken from may also be taken from the Common of Pastors, or the Common of Holy Men and Women.

  • First ReadingIsaiah 58:6-11: “This is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 1: “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” or “Blessed are they who delight in the law of the Lord.” or “The just will flourish like the palm tree in the garden of the Lord.”
  • Gospel Matthew 25:31-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

This book includes a chapter about St. Peter Claver.

Quotes from St. Peter Claver

“We must speak to them with our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips.”

“To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake.”

Learn by Checking Your First Aid Kit

This New World saint is known for providing first aid to slaves being brought into port. This article provides a hands on idea for learning more about this saint.

St. Peter Claver Activity Patch

This activity is part of the American Saints series. There are age appropriate options for young children, middle and high school, and adults. The patch program is sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, but anyone can earn it, Scout or not. Or just use the materials to get ideas for teaching about this dedicated saint.

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