April 14 – Saint Peter Gonzales: Patron Saint of Mariners

Saint Peter Gonzales, Patron Saint of Mariners (Feast Date: April 14)

Extract from Bl. Peter Gonzales: “Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III. He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.” See PICTURE of St. Peter Gonzales. See also Peter González (Multilingual), Peter Gonzales , SAINT PETER GONZALES Dominican Priest (1190-1248), ST. PETER GONZALEZ.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Peter Gonzales on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Ferry Accident near Lamma Island, west of Hong Kong (October 1, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 8 – October 1, 2012)

Ferry Accident on the Meghna river in Bangladesh (March 13, 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 26 – April 8, 2012.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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