Blessed Ponzio of Barellis

detail of an antique holy card of Blessed Ponzio of Barellis by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Ponzio received a doctorate in civil law before joining the Mercedarians. Appointed Master-General of the Mercedarians by Pope Clement VI in 1348. He was an active leader and administrator, rebuilding the Order following the losses members and houses caused by plague. He led to the redeeming of 1,600 Christians who had been enslaved by Muslims. Known by those close to him for his piety, and as a miracle worker.



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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ponzio of Barellis“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 May 2021. Web. 15 June 2021. <>