Saint Peter Claver was a Spaniard who joined the Society of Jesus in 1609. Under the inspiration of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, a holy lay brother of the Society of Jesus, Saint Peter Claver was moved with the desire to become a missionary and work for the conversion of poor Negro slaves in Central and South America. He labored there for forty years. He was not interested in the Negroes sociologically. He was interested in the salvation of their immortal souls. He loved them and cared for them with the tenderness of a father. He worked many miracles. He raised a dead man to life. He baptized three hundred thousand Negroes with his own hands.