Chapter 13 Major Figures
Saint Peter Canisuis
St. Peter Canisius is often called the "Second Apostle of Germany".
Born in 1521, St. Peter began his studies at the University of Cologne at the age of fifteen. In 1543, still only twenty-two, he went on a retreat directed by BI.Peter Faber.
The Reform of the Church
Attending a session of the Council of Tent in 1547. St. Peter Canisuis became deeply involved in the debates and issues surrounding the reform of the Church. In 1549, at the request of the pope, he was entrusted with the nearly impossible task of stopping defections of Catholics in Germany and bringing back into the Church those who had already left.