Saint Felix of Valois
Born April 16, 1127, Felix of Valois was a hermit and a co-founder (with Saint John of Matha) of the Trinitarian Order.
Born April 16, 1127, Felix of Valois was a hermit and a co-founder (with Saint John of Matha) of the Trinitarian Order. Felix, in company with John, set out for Rome in the depth of winter and arrived there in January 1198, the beginning of the pontificate of Innocent III. The Pope granted his approval to this enterprise under the name: the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives. Innocent appointed John of Matha superior-general. Felix returned to France to establish the order. He was received with great enthusiasm, and King Philip Augustus authorized the institute in France and fostered it by signal benefactions.
Margaret of Blois granted the order 20 acres of the wood where Felix had built his first hermitage, and on almost the same spot he erected the famous Monastery of Cerfroid, the mother-house of the institute. Within forty years the order possessed six hundred monasteries in every part of Europe. St Felix remained in France and founded a house in Paris.
St Felix died on November 4, 1212 and was canonized by Pope Urban IV on May 1, 1262.
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