Fr. Joseph Eddy, a priest of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy joined us to discuss the history of the order, also known as the Mercedarians. He shared that his faith was nurtured with the aide of the family rosary and a growing devotion to the Eucharist.
The Order of BVM of Mercy was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1218 to ransom Christians held captive by the Muslims. Their famous 4th vow is to be willing to offer even their lives for those in danger of losing their faith. Today in the U.S. the Mercedarians focus especially on preserving the faith of the Christian family. The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy has plans to open a house to defend and protect the faith of the family, under the patronage of St. Raymond Nonnatus, a patron of the family, unborn and expectant mothers.
The religious order will celebrate their 800th jubilee in 2018 using the slogan “my life for your freedom.” Fr. Eddy mentioned, “Families need to pray together and to spend time together. Sometimes you have to just turn off the electronic devices for a while.” He also invited discerners to “Come and See.”