Hermano Pedro Betancourt Monument in Antigua

Hermano Pedro Betancourt Monument

This is the second monument I found about the Santo Hermano Pedro. The first one was spotted and photographed at the very entrance or exit of La Antigua Guatemala. Today’s imaged of the Santo Hno. Pedro de Betancourt was photographed at Plaza a la Paz.

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 25 of 2006, 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).

I wonder how many other monuments about the Saint Brother Pedro of Betancourt there are in La Antigua Guatemala; does anybody know about any others?

Plaza A La Paz Hermano Pedro Plaza del Hermano Pedro sign

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    Just before leaving Guatemala to return to Iowa, I visited the church of El Calvario and found a statue of Hermano Pedro in the patio next to the church. There is also an Esquisuchil tree in the patio that was planted by Hermano Pedro according to the sign in front of it.