Saint Peter

Saint Peter—the first apostle to respond to the call of Jesus and the first Pope. Peter was uninhibited, impulsive, and demonstrative. Jesus told him “I give you the keys to my kingdom.” Jesus knew Peter’s strengths and weaknesses, and understood Peter’s human frailties. Yet, Jesus, knowing that humans are imperfect, named Peter as the leader of the Church. Feast day: June 29  Symbols: keys, boat, net, upside-down cross