Great Dominicans: Bl. Peter Ruffia
Peter Cambiano was born in Chieri, in Piedmont, in 1320. He was drawn to the Dominicans by his devotion to the rosary. Our Lady of the Rosary was the special patroness of the region where he lived. He joined the Dominican Order at an early age. Among his talents, it is said that he had a loud clear voice, which was very useful at that time when he had to preach in the open air. He received an appropriate formation that allowed him to be prepared for controversy with the Waldensians, a heretic sect spread in northern Italy.
(Peter’s biography is taken from Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy OP, St Dominic’s Family: over 300 famous Dominicans, TAN Books, 1983)