St. Louis Bertrand: Lamp of the New World

St Louis Bertrand.jpgToday, on the Dominican calendar is the memorial of St. Louis Bertrand.  Born in Valencia, Spain in 1526, he joined the Dominican Order at the age of 18.  Initially, he was not very good at preaching; however, by perseverance and grace through the intercession of another Spanish Dominican saint known for his fiery preaching, St. Vincent Ferrier, St. Louis became one of the most accomplished preachers in Spain.  He was known for his life of austerity and penance and his preaching was accompanied by miracles and seemed to reach even the most cold-hearted sinners.

Eventually, he was sent to Latin America where he worked and preached for seven years before being called back to Spain.  Upon returning to Spain, he served as prior and novice master.  When he was 54 years old, he was suddenly struck with a painful illness, but continued his preaching.  A year later, he collapsed while preaching at the cathedral in Valencia and was bedridden until his death at 55 years of age.    Today, he is patron Dominican formation personnel and novitiates, as well as the country of Colombia.  From the Dominican Liturgy, we have this prayer:

Almighty and merciful God,
You filled the heart of St. Louis Bertrand,
The patron of novitiates and formation personnel
With a zeal of preaching through good deeds and words.
Enkindle in us the virtues of humility and patience
So we too may obediently do your will faithfully.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
The perfect example of obedience, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.

St. Louis Bertrand, pray for us!


  1. I am pleased to know you, a Dominican sister,
    With love,
    martin (Dominican priest)

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