In Arenas de San Pedro, Spain, the natal day Not his birthday but the day he was "born again" into Heaven. of Peter of Alcántara, priest of the Order of Friars Minor and Confessor. Pope Clement IX declared him a saint because of his admirable penitential life and his many miracles. However, his feast is celebrated on the following day. – Roman Martyrology for October 18.
Peter of Alcántara is known primarily for his Treatise on Prayer and Meditation, which remains in print to this day, and for his encouragement of St. Teresa of Ávila's reforms. The statue in the first picture at right stands to the left of Teresa's central image in an elaborate baroque altarpiece. On the right is her other adviser and champion, St. John of the Cross.
There is no fixed iconography for this saint, other than his tonsure and his Franciscan habit. As a contemplative, he is sometimes pictured with a cross, as in the first picture at right. Or he may be pictured as a preacher, as in the second.
Prepared in 2017 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University.