Here lived Fray Pedro de San José Betancourt sign

Here lived Fray Pedro de San José Betancourt sign

The sign reads: Here lived Fray Pedro de San José Betancourt, apostle of charity. Born in Tenerife in March [21], 1626. Died here the 25th of April of 1667.

So who was this character who has inspired so many people and that eventually became a Saint? First, here are the entries in Antigua Daily Photo related to Santo Hermano Pedro, as he is known now. Back on October 25th, I posted a forged metal lamp with his image.

Known as the “St. Francis of the Americas,” Pedro de Betancourt worked and died in Guatemala. Pedro was born into a poor family on Tenerife in the Canary Islands in 1626. He worked as a shepherd until age 24, when he began to make his way to Guatemala, hoping to connect with a relative engaged in government service there. By the time he reached Havana, Cuba he was out of money. After working there to earn more, he got to Guatemala City the following year. When he arrived he was so destitute that he joined the bread line which the Franciscans had established… As quoted from Wikipedia (click to continue reading).

If you want to see the sign in context, please turn to this image and this other image as well. If you care to see what Tenerife, his born-place, looks like now, please visit Pamela’s excellent Tenerife Daily Photo.

Happy and safe weekend to everyone!

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  • i like this photo.

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  • Beth in MN

    Where is the Hermano Pedro lived here sign from your photo on the 5th of November 2006?

  • Beth, this sign can be found on a wall, right across La Capilla de Belén.

  • oxwell L.bu

    Al Hermano Pedro de Betancourt

    ***Pasos de fe***

    Las piedras replican sus pasos,
    las calles anuncian su presencia,
    en medio de la neblina y aun en
    la noche obscura el eco de su
    voz retumba…

    Samaritano que sale al encuentro,
    llama a la puerta mas pocos responden,
    alza su voz y se encuentra con la indiferencia.

    Mas su fe va mas allá y la trasciende,
    pues sabe que la indiferencia
    nace de esa falta de conciencia…

    Con amor y paciencia recorre
    las calles en medio de la inclemencia,
    a veces solo acompañado por la burla
    de alguna gente…

    “Acordaos hermanos que una vida
    tenemos y si la perdemos
    no la recobramos…”

    Es su oración un recordatorio a
    sus hermanos y una suplica a su Dios…

    Por amor se hizo indigente,
    mas no para vivir de la gente,
    lo suyo son obras de caridad
    socorriendo a los que el mundo olvido…

    Se hizo madre, padre, hermano
    enfermero y doctor…
    Para repartir AMOR.

    Sus huellas están plasmadas
    en la ciudad de piedra
    y apresar del tiempo aun
    persisten y desde la eternidad
    sigue clamando su voz…