Book of Saints – John of Matha

Saint John of MathaArticle

(Saint) (February 8) (13th century) Born in Provence (France) (A.D. 1169), and educated at Aix and Paris, John of Matha renounced rank and promise of worldly distinction for the service of his neighbour in the duties of the priesthood. A vision at his first Mass determined him to the instituting, in concert with Saint Felix of Valois, of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Christian Captives held in slavery by the Moors of Africa. For this purpose he betook himself to Barbary. His Order grew rapidly, and was approved by Pope Innocent III. It still exists. The Religious are robed in white and wear on their breasts a red and blue cross. Saint John died in Rome, Dec. 21, A.D. 1213.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John of Matha”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2016. Web. 26 January 2022. <>