St. Peter Claver (1581 – 1654) was sent for mission to Cartagena in Colombia, South America. He devoted himself to serve African slaves reaching the city by ship, appalled by their crammed and foul living conditions. He brought basic necessities to these slaves and nursed them back to health. He spoke to them about God and satisfied the thirst in their hearts. His words gave so much hope that 300,000 people were baptized in his lifetime. He is the patron saint of slaves. His feast day is on 9 September.