Saint of the day 20141221

21 December

SAINT PETER CANISIUS
Priest and Doctor of the Church
(1521-1597)

St. Peter Canisius was born in 1521, at Nijmegen in Holland. He entered the Society of Jesus, was ordained in 1546, and went to Cologne, where he founded a Jesuit house.

He was a vigorous defender of Catholicism, and published a catechism which was very influential in the Counter-Reformation.

He died in 1597.

The Weekday Missal – Collins 1975

In other years: Saint Peter Canisius, priest, Doctor (1521 – 1597)
He was born in Nijmegen (now in Holland) in 1521. He studied at Cologne and joined the Society of Jesus: he was ordained priest in 1546. He was sent to Germany, where for many years he worked hard to defend and strengthen the Catholic faith both by writing and by preaching. He wrote many books, of which The Catechism is particularly noteworthy. He died at Fribourg in Switzerland on 21 November 1597. See the articles in the Catholic Encyclopaedia (written before his canonization) and Wikipedia.
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