Peter de Regalado
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Peter de Regalado
Statue in the church of Santa Maria del Pi.
|Died||30 March 1456|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||11 March 1684, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Innocent XI|
|Canonized||29 June 1746, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Benedict XIV|
|Attributes||Flames bursting from his heart|
Peter de Regalado was born at Valladolid, Spain. His parents were of noble birth and conspicuous for their wealth and virtue. Having lost his father in his early youth, he was piously educated by his mother. At the age of ten years Peter begged to be admitted into the Conventual Franciscans, which favour was granted him three years afterwards in the convent of his native town. In 1404, he became one of the first disciples of Pedro de Villacreces, who in 1397 had introduced into Spain the reform of the observance.
In the newly founded convent at Aguilera, Peter found a life of solitude, prayer, and poverty. In 1415, he became superior of the convent at Aguilera and, on the death of Pedro de Villacreces (1422), the convent at Tribulos (del Abroyo). He observed nine Lents, fasting on bread and water, and was endowed with the gift of miracles and prophecy. In 1442, he was appointed head of all the Spanish Franciscans in his reform group. He was known for his charity to the poor.
After his death on March 31, 1456, his grave became a place of pilgrimage. When his body was exhumed 36 years later, at the insistence of Isabella the Catholic, it was found incorrupt and placed in a more precious tomb.
His feast is celebrated 13 May, the day of the translation of his body. In art he is represented with flames bursting from his heart.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.