Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy

  • royal, celestial and military order of our lady of mercy and the redemption of captives
    ordo beatae mariae de mercede redemptionis captivorum
    coat of arms of the mercedarians.svg
    abbreviationo.de m.
    formation1218
    typecatholic religious order
    headquartersrome, italy
    master general
    juan carlos saavedra lucho (2016 - )[1]
    key people
    2
    our lady of mercy - from the generalate of the mercedarian order

    the royal, celestial and military order of our lady of mercy and the redemption of the captives (latin: ordo beatae mariae de mercede redemptionis captivorum, abbreviated o. de m.), also known as the mercedarians, is a catholic mendicant order established in 1218 by peter nolasco in the city of barcelona, at that time in the principality of catalonia (crown of aragon), for the redemption of christian captives.[2][3] its members are most commonly known as mercedarian friars or nuns. one of the distinguishing marks of the order of the blessed virgin mary of mercy is that, since its foundation, its members are required to take a fourth vow: to die, if necessary, for another who is in danger of losing their faith. the order exists today in 17 countries.

  • general background
  • peter nolasco
  • the foundation of the order
  • the reform
  • the fourth vow
  • our lady of ransom
  • see also
  • references
  • further reading
  • external links

Royal, Celestial and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives
Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede redemptionis captivorum
Coat of Arms of the Mercedarians.svg
AbbreviationO.de M.
Formation1218
TypeCatholic religious order
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Master General
Juan Carlos Saavedra Lucho (2016 - )[1]
Key people
2
Our Lady of Mercy - From the Generalate of the Mercedarian Order

The Royal, Celestial and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of the Captives (Latin: Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede Redemptionis Captivorum, abbreviated O. de M.), also known as the Mercedarians, is a Catholic mendicant order established in 1218 by Peter Nolasco in the city of Barcelona, at that time in the Principality of Catalonia (Crown of Aragon), for the redemption of Christian captives.[2][3] Its members are most commonly known as Mercedarian friars or nuns. One of the distinguishing marks of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is that, since its foundation, its members are required to take a fourth vow: to die, if necessary, for another who is in danger of losing their faith. The Order exists today in 17 countries.