St Felix of Valois, also known as Hugh, was a hermit and a co-founder of the Trinitarian Order together with John of Matha.
He was born in April 1127 in Valois, France, and died on November 4 1212 at the Cerfroi monastery, Picardy, France.
We celebrate his feast day on November 4 and November 20 every year in the Catholic Church.
|St Felix of Valois Biography|
|Date of Birth||April 1127|
|Place of Birth||Valois, France|
|Profession||Hermit and a co-founder of the Trinitarian Order|
|Place of Work||France|
|Date of Death||November 4 1212|
|Place of Death||Cerfroi monastery, Picardy, France|
|Feast Day||November 4 and November 20|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pope Urban IV on May 1 1262 in Rome|
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St Felix of Valois Life History
St Felix of Valois was also known as Hugh of Valois. He was the son of Count Raoul de Vermandois et de Valois and Alienor de Champagne.
As a child, Felix received the blessings of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Innocent II. He was educated at the abbey of Clairvaux.
As a young man, following his parents’ extremely disruptive divorce, he renounced his wealth and took the name Felix.
He became a Cistercian monk at Clairvaux and thereafter a hermit in the forest of Galeresse, diocese of Meaux, France.
He was a friend and spiritual teacher of St John of Matha. The two of them founded the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives (Trinitarians; Redemptionists) in order to ransom Christians held as slaves by Moors in Spain and Northern Africa.
The Order received papal approval on December 17 1198, and within 40 years there were over 600 houses worldwide.
Today there are around 600 members of the Order working in prison ministries in over twenty countries continuing over 800 years of ministry.
St Felix of Valois died on November 4 1212 at the Cerfroi monastery, Picardy, France, and was buried in the church in Cerfroi, which became a pilgrimage destination.
Catholic Saint Feast Days in November
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