Patron Saint of Novies and Formators: Louis Bertrand
- Saint Louis Bertrand, O.P. was a Spanish Dominican who preached in South America during th…Saint Louis Bertrand, O.P. was a Spanish Dominican who preached in South America during the 16th century, and is known as the "apostle of the Americas". He is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church
- Born: 01 Jan 1526 · Valencia, Spain
- Died: 09 Oct 1581
1539: At an early age he conceived the idea of becoming a Dominican Friar, and despite the efforts of his father to dissuade him, was clothed with the Dominican habit in the Convent of St. Dominic, Valencia on 26 A…
1547: In 1547 he was ordained to the priesthood by the Archbishop of Valencia, Saint Thomas of Villanova.
1557: When the plague broke out in Valencia in 1557 he devoted himself to the sick and dying; the dead he prepared for burial and interred with his own hands.
1562: Receiving permission he sailed for America in 1562, and landed at Cartagena, where he immediately entered upon the career of a missionary.