Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
Home of Brother Pedro
Casa del Hermano Pedro de San José de Betancourt
Fray Pedro de San Jose Betancourt
Apostol de la Caridad
Nacio en Tenerife en Marzo de 1626
Murio en Esta el 25 de Abril de 1667
Here lived Friar Pedro de San José de Betancourt, Apostle of Charity, Born in Tenerife in March 1626, Died here on April 25, 1667.
Location. 14° 33.069′ N, 90° 43.721′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. Marker can be reached from Calle de Hermano Pedro. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 6A, Guatemala.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Don Rafael V. Alvarez Polanco (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Friar Augusto Ramírez Monasterio (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); First Location of Olimpia Leal Normal School (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Catholic Church of Santa Ana (approx. half a kilometer away); Francisco Marroquín and the San Pedro Hospital (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Walter Williams in Guatemala (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Volcanos Fuego and Acatenango (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
Regarding Home of Brother Pedro. Brother Peter of San Jose de Betancourt was beatified on June 22, 1980, over 300 years after his death in what is now known as La Antigua Guatemala in 1667 at the age of 41. He came to Guatemala in 1649 from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain after a journey of two years. In his short time in what was then the Spanish colonial capital in the “New World”, Brother Peter formed the Order of Bethelehem (Orden de Belen), a hostel for visiting priests and students, an orphanage, a hospital and other works of charity. He was known for his intense devotion to others and to his personal vow of poverty. In particular he is known for the phrase “Remember brothers, we have only one soul, if we lose that we never get it back!” (“Arcordaos, hermanos, que un alma tenemos que si la perdemos no la recobramos.”)
He was eventually granted sainthood on July 30, 2002. His grave is located a few blocks north of this statue and park at the Church of Saint Francis in La Antigua Guatemala,
Also see . . . Saintly Beginnings. Revue Magazine's 2011 article on Brother Pedro's origins:...For those who like to read the end of the story first, here it is. Pedro became Hermano Pedro and then Santo Hermano Pedro, the first saint of Central America as well as the Canaries. Pope John Paul II canonized him in Guatemala City in July 2002. Backing up briefly, the young Pedro landed first in Cuba, then Honduras. From there he walked, arriving in 1651, after two years of travel, in Santiago de los Caballeros, the Spanish seat of the government at that time, now La Antigua Guatemala. He held neither title nor prestigious connections nor do we know of anything else he had to offer—except his compassion and devotion.... (Submitted on November 17, 2013.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Churches, Etc. • Colonial Era • Peace •
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