Daily Martyrology for September 9

In 1654, in Cartagena, Colombia, St. Peter Claver. He was born in Catalonia and became a Jesuit. St. Alphonsus Rodriguez inspired him to become a missionary. He went to Colombia, and there devoted his long life to working among the slaves. He learned one African language and also used translators in his ministry. He worked with those who were ill, and also ministered to Protestant sailors and Muslims.

About the twelfth century, Blessed María de la Cabeza, the wife of St. Isidore the Farmer (May 15).

In 1864, Blessed Jacques Laval. He was born in Normandy and became a doctor. He became a priest at Saint-Sulpice in 1838. He met Francis Libermann, who helped inspire him to go as a missionary to Mauritius in 1841. He devoted the rest of his life to ministering to the recently freed slaves on the island.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.