St. Felix of Valois was born in Valois, France, in 1127. While he was young, he was blessed by St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Innocent II. He became a Cistercian monk at Clairvaux and lived as a hermit in the Italian Alps. Along with St. John of Matha, the priest founded the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives. The order was formed to free Christians who were being held for ransom. St. Felix died in November 1212.