Saint Peter Nolasco received a vision from the Virgin Mary, also spreading to his confessor St. Raymond and King James, asking for the redemption of captives. After obeying her, she appeared again desiring a religious Order in the name of her mercy. They became the Order of Mercedarians, later approved by Pope Gregory IX.
Patronage: Spain, France, the Poor, Sailors, Healing of cripples, Against ransom
Feast Day: September 24