St. Raymond Nonnatus


 
St. Raymond Nonnatus Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/31


Patron Of: Baltoa, Dominican Republic, Childbirth, Children, Expectant Mothers, Falsely Accused, Fever, Infants, Medical Records Librarians, Midwives, Newborns, Obstetricians, Pregnant Women

Also known as
    Raymund Nonnatus; Raimundo Nonato
Memorial
    31 August
Profile
    Spanish nobility. Well educated, his father planned a career for Raymond in the royal court in Aragon. When Raymond felt drawn to religious life, his father ordered him to manage one of the family farms. However, Raymond spent his time with the shepherds and workers, studying and praying until his father gave up the idea of making his son a wordly success.

    Mercedarian priest, receiving the habit from Saint Peter Nolasco, the order's founder. Master-general of Mercedarian Order. Spent his entire estate ransoming Christians, then surrended as a hostage to free another. Sentenced to death by impalement, he was spared because of his large ransom value. Imprisoned and tortured, he still managed to convert some of his guards. To keep him from preaching the faith, his captors bored a hole through his lips with a hot iron, and attached padlock. Eventually ransomed, returning to Barcelona in 1239.

    Created cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, Raymond continued to live as a mendicant monk. He died while en route to Rome to answer a papal summons.
Born
    1204 at Portella, diocese of Urgel, Catalonia, Spain
Died
    31 August 1240 at Cardona, Spain of a fever; buried at the chapel of Saint Nicholas near his family farm he was supposed to manage
Canonized
    5 November 1625 by Pope Urban VIII (cultus confirmed); 1657 by Pope Alexander VII (canonized)
Name Meaning
    not born (= non-natus) as he was delivered by ceasarian
Patronage
    Baltoa, Dominican Republic; childbirth; children; expectant mothers; falsely accused people; fever; infants; midwives; newborn babies; obstetricians; pregnant women


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