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|Peter Gonzalez O.P.|
|Born||1190, Astorga, León, Spain|
|Died||April 15, 1246, Tui|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||1254, Rome by Pope Innocent IV|
|Canonized||December 13, 1741, Rome by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)|
|Attributes||Dominican holding a blue candle or a candle with a blue flame; Dominican lying on his cloak which is spread over hot coals; Dominican holding fire in his bare hands; Dominican catching fish with his bare hands; Dominican beside the ocean, often holding or otherwise protecting a ship|
Gonzalez was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, who gave him a canonry when he was very young. Later, he entered the Dominican Order and became a renowned preacher; crowds gathered to hear him and numberless conversions were the result of his efforts. He accompanied the King, Saint Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon on his expeditions against the Moors, but his real ambition was to preach to the poor.
He devoted the remainder of his life to the instruction and conversion of the ignorant and of the mariners in Galicia and along the coast of Spain. He died on April 15, 1246, at Tui and is buried in the local cathedral. He was beatified in 1254 by Pope Innocent IV.
Although his cult was confirmed in 1741 by Pope Benedict XIV and despite his common epithet of "saint," Peter Gonzalez was never formally canonized. The diminutive "Elmo" (or "Telmo") belongs properly to the martyr-bishop Saint Erasmus (died c. 303), one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, of whose name "Elmo" is a contraction. However, as St Erasmus is the patron of sailors generally and Peter Gonzalez of Spanish and Portuguese sailors specifically, they have both been popularly invoked as "Saint Elmo."
He was buried at the Cathedral of Tui, Galicia.
- Catholic Encyclopedia: Peter Gonzalez
- Patron Saints Index: Peter Gonzalez
- American Catholic: Saint of the Day - Peter Gonzalezgl:Pedro González Telmo