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History of Our Lady of Mercy (Nuestra Señora de La Merced)


The origins of Our Lady of Mercy (Nuestra Señora de la Merced) date back to the early 13th century in Spain.  A secular friar named Peter Nolasco (now Saint Peter Nolasco) from Barcelona began his work to free Christian captives being taken by the Moors to northern Africa as slaves.  With his own money, he organized expeditions to negotiate the release of these captives and slaves.  His experience as a merchant proved a valuable skill in negotiating their release.  Out of money, he formed groups to collect charity for the captives.


On the night of August 1 and 2 in the year 1218, the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Peter Nolasco asking him to form an Order dedicated to the release of all Christian captives.  Together with Saint Raymond of Peñafort, they founded the Order of Our Lady of Mercy in Barcelona on August 10, 1218 with the consent of Jaime I the Conqueror, King of Aragon.


Pope Gregory IX approved the Order in 1235 under the Rule of Saint Augustine under the canonical foundation of the Bishop of Barcelona, with support of the military power of Jaime I.  Members of the Order were obligated to give themselves as hostages in exchange for the liberation of the Christian captives if they did not have the funds necessary to negotiate their release.  The four vows by the Order include poverty, chastity, obedience, and the fourth vow.  This vow was one that required its members, as a last resort, to give up their own life in exchange for any who might lose their faith.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Official Texas Historical Marker Dedication

on November 30, 2013

Celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Flores - Mass @ 4 pm

followed by Dedication @ 5:15 pm and we had a

Reception after the ceremony.

Master of Ceremonies............................................................................Hilda Ybarra Thompson

Welcome................................................................................................Mayor Henry Hinojosa

Introduction of Guests............................................................................Mayor Henry Hinijosa

Introducation of Historical Commission Guests..........................................Jesse De La Fuente
Recollections/Church History....................................................................Alfredo Hinojosa
Unveiling of Our Lady of Mercy Church Historical Marker............................Rev. J. Olivier, Pastor
                                                                                                          Jesse De La Fuente
Reading of Marker Text...........................................................................Hilda Y. Thompson
Benediction............................................................................................Bishop Daniel E. Flores
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 -Acknowledgements-
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court
Hidalgo County Historical Commission
Fran Isbell Dr. Dalia Garcia, Eva G. Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Jesse De La Fuente
Rev. Gregory T. Labus
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Divine Mercy #2420
Knight of Columbus Council #12689
OLM Parish Council