St. Felix, a hermit of Cerfroid, France, and his disciple, St. John of Matha, secured the approval of the Holy See in 1198 for the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (the Trinitians). Their goal was to ransom captives from the Moors. John worked in Spain and Barbary. Felix, now in his seventies, founded St. Mathrum Convent in Paris and administered the French province from Cerfroid. He died there November 4. The Order had some six hundred monasteries by 1240. The cult of the two founders was approved by Pope Alexander VII in 1666. Members of the Order believe that they were canonized in 1262 by Pope Urban IV on November 20.
FEAST DAY: November 20