La Merce
Community ID
 
1226
 
Region
 
Catalonia
 
Religious Order
 
Merced
 
Foundation Information
 

The second order of Nuestra Senora de la Merced was founded in 1265 by Maria of Cervello (1230-90), daughter of Lord Bernat Guillem of Cervello. Like the original male branch of the order (founded 1218), the second order was dedicated to ransoming captives. The female branch does not seem to have lasted long, and may not heve even outlived its founder. Although the existence of the order is not in doubt, there is no evidence that any actual female communities were ever founded.

 
Relics
 

Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar. Innocent XII canonized Maria de Cervello in 1689, and her reportedly incorrupt body lies in a casket on display in the church of the Mare de Deu de la Merce in Barcelona. Her feast day is September 19, and she is considered the patron sait of navigaotrs.

 
Contributors
 
Marie Kelleher
 
Length
 
783