royal, celestial and military order of our lady of mercy and the redemption of captives
ordo beatae mariae de mercede redemptionis captivorum
|type||catholic religious order|
|juan carlos saavedra lucho (2016 - )|
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. 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.