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Saint Peter Canisius (1521–1597)

Saint Peter Canisius (1521–1597)

Patron saint of Catholic publishers, Germany, and the writers of catechisms

Feast day: December 21

Peter Canisius was an extremely hard-working person. At the young age of 19, he earned his master’s degree from the University at Cologne. Soon after completing his degree, he became acquainted with Peter Faber, who influenced him to join the Jesuits.

As a young Jesuit, Peter began his routine of studying, reflecting, praying, and writing. He wrote nonstop and his letters alone easily filled eight volumes. Peter also kept busy establishing colleges, doing missionary work, caring for the sick, and visiting prisoners.

When asked how he dealt with his large workload, Peter responded, “If you have too much to do, with God’s help you will find time to do it all.” 

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