Famous Spanish Saints

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Junípero Serra
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Birthdate: November 24, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Petra, Spain
Died: August 28, 1784

Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda. He is also credited with founding nine of the 21 Spanish missions in California. On 25 September 1988, Junípero Serra was beatified in the Vatican City by Pope John Paul II. On 23 September 2015, he was canonized by Pope Francis.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola
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Birthdate: October 23, 1491
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Azpeitia, Spain
Died: July 31, 1556

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a  Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian in the 16th century. He was one of the founders of the religious order called the Society of Jesus and served as its first Superior General at Paris. He was an inspired spiritual director and the founder of what is today known as "Ignatian spirituality."

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Josemaría Escrivá
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Birthdate: January 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbastro, Spain
Died: June 26, 1975
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Isidore the Laborer
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Birthdate: 1070 AD
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: May 15, 1130

Revered as the patron saint of Madrid and of farmers, Isidore the Laborer initially worked for a rich landowner of Madrid. One of the five saints of Spain, he is remembered for his love for animals and the poor. He symbolizes the fact that there is dignity in physical labor.

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Didacus of Alcalá
(Missionary)

Didacus of Alcalá
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Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: San Nicolás del Puerto, Spain
Died: November 12, 1463

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Saint Dominic
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Birthdate: August 8, 1170
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caleruega, Spain
Died: August 6, 1221

Saint Dominic was a Castilian Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Dominican Order. Dominic is said to have abstained from meat throughout his life. He is also remembered for putting himself to undue hardship like traveling barefoot and rejecting the luxury of a bed. He is regarded as the patron saint of astronomers.

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Peter Claver
(Priest)

Peter Claver
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Birthdate: June 26, 1580
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Catalonia, Spain
Died: September 8, 1654
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Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía
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Birthdate: October 28, 1510
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duchy of Gandía, Kingdom of Valencia, Spain
Died: September 30, 1572

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John of the Cross
(Roman Catholic Saint)

John of the Cross
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Birthdate: June 24, 1542
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fontiveros, Spain
Died: December 14, 1591

John of the Cross was a Spanish Catholic priest, mystic, and Carmelite friar. One of the 36 Doctors of the Church, he is a major figure of the Counter-Reformation in Spain. He was a prolific writer and poet, and his writings are counted among the greatest works of all Spanish literature. He was beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X.

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Isidore of Seville
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Birthdate: 0560 AD
Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain
Died: April 4, 0636

Spanish scholar Isidore of Seville is widely remembered as the last of the Western Latin Fathers. His Etymologies was a chief reference book for years. The 7th-century archbishop of Sevilla wrote about varied subjects, such as religion, science, history, and linguistics. He had a major role in the Councils of Toledo.

Catalina de Erauso
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Birthdate: 1592 AD
Birthplace: Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Died: 1650 AD

Catalina de Erauso was a Spanish nun who fled from the convent and travelled around Spain and Spanish America. She did several odd jobs disguised as a man and also served as a soldier of fortune in Bolivia, Chile, Perú, and Argentina before returning to Spain where she supposedly visited the Pope. She became a muleteer in her later life.

Raymond of Penyafort
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Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Spain
Died: January 6, 1275

Elizabeth of Portugal
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Birthdate: January 4, 1271
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aljafería Palace, Zaragoza, Spain
Died: July 4, 1336

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Pope Callixtus III
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Birthdate: December 31, 1378
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canals, Spain
Died: August 6, 1458

Pope Callixtus III was initially a professor of law. He later helped King Alfonso V with Pope Martin V reconcile. He was infamous for his nepotism, as he was highly biased toward his nephew, Rodrigo Borgia, whom he made a cardinal and who later took over as the pope.

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Sancha of Leon
(Queen of Leon)

Sancha of Leon
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Birthdate: 1018 AD
Birthplace: not known
Died: November 27, 1067

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Beatrice of Silva
(Religious sister)

Beatrice of Silva
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Birthdate: June 18, 1424
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Campo Maior, Portugal
Died: August 16, 1492

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John of Ávila
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Birthdate: January 6, 1499
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Almodóvar del Campo, Spain
Died: May 10, 1569

John of Ávila, or the Apostle of Andalusia, was a prominent Spanish priest and preacher. Though he was supposed to be sent for missionary work to North America, he later stayed back in Spain, persuaded by the archbishop of Seville. He also wrote religious treatises such as Audi filia.

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Vincent Ferrer
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Birthdate: January 23, 1350
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: April 5, 1419

Initially a professor of theology, Vincent Ferrer later traveled across Europe to preach. He became known for his austere lifestyle. The Catholic saint is now revered as the patron saint of builders, fishermen, prisoners, and others. He had a major role in ending the Great Western Schism.

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Hermenegild
(Visigoth prince)

Hermenegild
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Birthdate: 0564 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: April 13, 0585

Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro
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Birthdate: October 8, 1676
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Casdemiro, Spain
Died: September 26, 1764

Eighteenth-century Spanish essayist Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro was a monk of the Benedictine order and also taught theology and philosophy at the University of Oviedo. He later wrote on a variety of subjects such as medicine, philology, and law, in Teatro crítico universal and Cartas eruditas y curiosas.

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Peter Nolasco
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Birthdate: 1189 AD
Birthplace: Mas-Saintes-Puelles, France
Died: May 6, 1256

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Mafalda of Portugal
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Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Portugal
Died: May 1, 1256

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Peter of Alcántara
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Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Alcántara, Spain
Died: October 18, 1562

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Joseph Calasanz
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Birthdate: September 11, 1557
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peralta de Calasanz, Spain
Died: August 25, 1648

Spanish Catholic priest Joseph Calasanz founded the Pious Schools, whose followers, the Piarists, dedicated themselves to the service of the poor. He was the man behind Europe’s first free school for children from impoverished homes. A friend of Galileo Galilei, he supported the heliocentric system, unlike other religious orders.