2020 Saint Peter Claver Memorial Mass

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We celebrated the September 9th Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver, patron saint of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary. A Jesuit priest of wealthy means, Saint Peter Claver chose to dedicate his life to serving and ministering to enslaved men, women, and children who arrived in Cartagena, Columbia, South Columbia. He is credited with baptizing over 300,000 slaves.

Claver lived his life as "the slave of the slave" and advocated for action before words. We consider the men who helped him in his chosen ministry the first Knights of Peter Claver. His life of service, leadership, unconditional love, and caring for all resonates as a fitting map to navigate the challenging times of today.

We are all called to take a stand for the marginalized, to minister and evangelize those who do not have a relationship with Christ, and to, as Peter Claver said, "speak to them with our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips."