John of Matha

jean de Matha) (1160?-1213. One of the founders of the Order of Trinitarians. A native of Provence, France, he became a priest and consecrated himself to the redemption of Christian captives in the hands of the Turks. To further this purpose, with Felix of Valois (d.1212) he founded the Trinitarian Order at Cerfroid in the diocese of Meaux (1198). He was canonized in 1679.