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      Message 905 of 905 , Sep 8, 2002
        --- In catholic3@y..., Harry1939 wrote:
        > To all my brother and sister, Knights and Ladies
        > as we gather in our several worships spaces all
        > across this nation on this holy of days for us, Happy
        > Peter Claver Day. <br>May all all of our Liturgies be
        > faith fill with the love of Christ that only Peter
        > Claver can bring out of us on this day.<br>Be blessed
        > and may we never forget those who have gone before us
        > in the name of Jesus, the Christ and His servant,
        > Saint Peter Claver.<br><br>Brother Harry L Wiley, Jr.,
        > the <br>Church of Los Angeles

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        St. Peter Claver
        d. b: 1580 d: 1654 Feastday: September 9th Patron Saint of Negro

        St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of
        impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished
        families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the
        Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on
        August 8th, 1604. While studying philosophy at Majorca, the young
        religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the
        Indies and save "millions of perishing souls."

        In 1610, he landed at Cartagena (modern Colombia), the principle
        slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were landed
        every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself by
        special vow to the service of the Negro slaves-a work that was to
        last for thirty-three years. He labored unceasingly for the salvation
        of the African slaves and the abolition of the Negro slave trade, and
        the love he lavished on them was something that transcended the
        natural order.

        Boarding the slave ships as they entered the harbor, he would hurry
        to the revolting inferno of the hold, and offer whatever poor
        refreshments he could afford; he would care for the sick and dying,
        and instruct the slaves through Negro catechists before administering
        the Sacraments. Through his efforts three hundred thousand souls
        entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his
        converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the
        plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as
        Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely. He
        died in 1654.

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