St. Peter Damian

Catholic Courier    |    02.24.2003
Category: Kids Chronicle

Peter Damian was born in Ravenna, Italy, in 1007. After his parents died, he was raised by one of his older brothers. This brother was very mean, and he gave Peter all of the unpleasant chores of the household. One of Peter's other brothers, who was the archpriest of Ravenna, took Peter to live with him.
Peter went to school and was an excellent student. He eventually became a teacher. Peter was very kind to people who were in need, and he often invited those who were hungry to share a meal with him.
After meeting two Benedictine monks, Peter decided to join the monastery. He studied the Scriptures and became an expert in theology. He was appointed abbot of his monastery and founded five other monastic hermitages. He died in 1072, and we honor him on Feb. 21.

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