ST. SERAPION, M.
HE was a zealous Englishman, whom St. Peter
Nolasco received into his Order at Barcelona. He made two journeys
among the Moors for the ransom of captives, in 1240. The first was to
Murcia, in which he purchased the liberty of ninety-eight slaves: the
second to Algiers, in which he redeemed eighty-seven, but remained
himself a hostage for the full payment of the money. He boldly
preached Christ to the Mahometans, and baptized several: for which he
was cruelly tortured, scourged, cut and mangled, at length fastened
to a cross, and was thereon stabbed and quartered alive in the same
year, 1240. Pope Benedict XIII. declared him a martyr, and approved
his immemorial veneration in his Order, by a decree in 1728, as
Benedict XIV. relates. L. 2, de Canoniz. c. 24, p. 296.