born: Alcantará 1499
died: Arenas oct 18, 1562
Franciscan reformer who was hailed as a restorer of the Franciscan Order and was known for his extreme mortifications.
From the age of 16 he slept less than 3 hours each night, and did not lie down but sat in a hard chair or sat with his head leaning against the wall. His cell was only 75cm long, he ate little, at first only once every three days, later only once a week. When he did eat he destroyed the taste with ashes or earth. For three years he never raised his eyes from the ground. He never ever looked at the ceiling and knew his fellow monks only by voice. He sometimes hit himself with a cane or scourge. And like St PhilipusNeri sometimes the love of God manifested itself as a physical pain.
Wingspan: 1,70 m
Weight (approx): 38 kg
Range and distribution: Spain
Color: brown tunic
Special features: a scourge and a pigeon whispering in ear.