St. John de Matha
A History of DeMatha's Patron Saint
According to tradition, John de Matha, the son of noble parents, was born on June 23, 1160 in Faucon-de-Barcelonette, France. His chief interest lay in works of mercy and prayer. He received his early education at Aix-en-Provence, retired to a hermitage, then studied theology in Paris, where he gained his doctor's degree and was ordained a priest at the age of 32 in December 1192.