March 29 – Peter de Honestis

March 26, 2018

Peter de Honestis

Santa Maria in Porto, Ravenna. Photo by Sailko.

Born at Ravenna about 1049; died, 29 March, 1119. Among his ancestors was the great St. Romuald, founder of the Camaldolese monks. All his life Peter fasted every Saturday in honour of Our Lady, and strongly recommended this practice to his religious. He styled himself Petrus peccator. He lived for some years in the Holy Land. When returning a great storm arose in the Adriatic and the ship was in imminent danger. Peter made a vow to build a church in honour of Our Lady should he safely reach the harbour. In fulfilment of his promise he built a church and monastery on the family property. Near by there was a small community of clerics, and Peter having joined them, was soon after made their superior, and with them removed to the church and monastery he had built, in 1099.

Madonna Greca in Ravenna. Photo by Sailko.

His name is associated with the sodality called “The Children of Mary”, established in honour of a miraculous picture of Our Lady, now called “Madonna Greca”, which tradition says came from Constantinople. The number of his religious increasing, Peter gave them some statutes grounded on the rule of St. Augustine. These were approved by Paschal II, and having afterwards been adopted by many other communities of Canons Regular, the Portuensis Congregation was formed. By common consent Peter has always been called Blessed. In former times his office and feast used to be celebrated at Ravenna; the process of his beatification is now before the Holy See.

PENNOTTO, Generalis Sacri Ordinis Canonicorum-Clericorum Historia Tripartita (Rome, 1642); Bullarium Lateranense (Rome, 1727); Storia della Madonna Greca, da D. P. S. (Ravenna, 1887); Vita del Beato Pietro degli Onesti (Ravenna, 1893); Pia associazione mondiale, fondata nel 1100 dal B. Pietro degli Onesti: Breve storia della Madonna Greca (Ravenna, 1891).

A. Allaria (Catholic Encyclopedia)


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