This is our inspiring Saint Peter Canisius, S.J. Plaque, Teaching. Born in Nijmegen as Peter Kanis in 1521, St. Peter Canisius was educated in Cologne, Germany. He entered the Jesuits after a retreat lead by Blessed Peter Faber, S.J. He became a renowned preacher, writer, teacher, and, after St. Boniface, the “Second Apostle to Germany.” The letters IHS in the top left corner of this plaque are the monogram of the Society of Jesus – the first three letters of the name “Jesus” in Greek: ΙΗΣ (“Jesus” in Greek: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ). St. Peter Canisius is credited with adding the sentence “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners” to the Ave Maria in his Catechism in 1555. This plaque is a wonderful gift for a birthday, baptism, birthday, confirmation, first communion, ordination, Christmas, and for the feast day of St. Peter Canisius on December 21.
A Large Solid Bronze Plaque
This large solid bronze plaque is 7.9 high and 6.3 inches wide. It has a notch on the back to ensure easy hanging on any wall in your study, home, or office. A world-renowned bronze-smith designed and cast this beautiful bronze plaque in Germany. This plaque will be a most wonderful gift for that special “Peter Canisius” or special Jesuit in your life!
The “Second Apostle to Germany”
Saint Peter Canisius, became known as the “Second Apostle of Germany.” He spurred on the Counter Reformation in the German-speaking lands of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Moravia, and Bohemia. His German Catechism enjoyed 200 editions during his life, and was translated into 12 languages. He founded numerous colleges. He addressed the Council of Trent on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. He was very effective in bringing many German Lutherans back into the Catholic faith. In dealing with German Protestantism, he argued with Rome for more flexibility: If you treat them right, the Germans will give you everything. Many err in matters of faith, but without arrogance. They err the German way, mostly honest, a bit simple-minded, but very open for everything Lutheran. An honest explanation of the faith would be much more effective than a polemical attack against reformers. He rejected polemical attacks against John Calvin and Melanchton: With words like these, we don’t cure patients, we make them incurable. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1925. He is now the patron saint of Germany, the Catholic Press, and catechism writers. St. Peter Canisius is the patron of Canisius High School and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.