The Order of Raymond Nonnatus

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History

The order of St. Raymond Nonnatus, the patron saint of pregnant women and midwives, was founded by Mealgwyn ap Ceiwyn in 492. A small Nunnery was constructed in the hundred of Hillfort dedicated to the healing arts and assisting pregnant women. In the years to come the order became famous for it’s skilled midwives and healers.

St. Raymond Nonnatus

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Raymond was born in Catalonia and was delivered by caesarean when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). He joined the Mercedarians under St. Peter Nolasco at Barcelona. He succeeded Peter as chief ransomer and went to the Barbary states to ransom slaves. He remained as hostage for several slaves when his money ran out and was sentenced to be impaled when the governor learned that he had converted several Mohammedans. He escaped the death sentence because of the ransom he would bring, but was forced to run the gauntlet. He was then tortured for continuing his evangelizing activities, most notably his mouth was padlocked shut, but was ransomed eight months later by Peter Nolasco.

Tenets and Practices

The Order doesn’t differ much from other monastics orders excepts on a few points. Due to it’s parton saint the order places heavy emphasis on preaching to none believers and also have strict rules about confidentiality towards it’s patients.

Notable Members

Sister Abigail – A sister of healing from the Tarren family.
Mother Imelda – The nunneries first Mother Superior







Year
Mother Donation Treasury Notes
 492  Mother Imelda  21 £ Mealgwyn,
7 £ King Uther
 21 £  The nunnery is completed and Mother Imelda is chosen
as acting Mother Superior until the next major Hundred Court.
 493  Mother Imelda    14 £  
 494  Mother Imelda    7 £  
 495  Mother Imelda    0 £  
 496  Mother Imelda  1 £ Padern, 1 £ Land Maelgwyn, 5 £ Maelgwyn   0 £  
 497  Mother Imelda  1 £ Cadry, 5 £ Maelgwyn   0 £  
 498  Mother Imelda  5 £ Maelgwyn   0 £  
 499  Mother Imelda  5 £ Maelgwyn   0 £  
         

The Order of Raymond Nonnatus

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