Carmelite Saints & Blesseds with Feast Day information

  • Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Grace

    The Blessed Virgin Mary was eternally predestined, in the context of the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. As decreed by divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving Mother of the divine Redeemer, his associate, uniquely generous, and the Lord’s humble servant. She conceived, bore, and nourished Christ; presented him to the Father in the Temple; and was united with him in his suffering as he died on the cross.

    Repeats every year on the 23 of July 5 times .
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  • Blessed Maria Pilar, Teresa and Maria Angeles

    Maria Pilar of St Francis Borgia (born at Tarazona on 30th December, 1877), Teresa of the Child Jesus and of St John of the Cross (born at Mochales on 5th March 1890), and Maria Angeles of At Joseph (born at Getafe on 6th March, 1905), Discalced Carmelite nuns of the monastery of Guadalajara, Spain, were martyred on 24th July, 1936, after having given witness to their faith in Christ the King and having offered their lives for the Church.  The first fruits of the countless martyrs of the Spanish Civil War of 1936 - 1939, they were beatified by Bl John Paul II on 29th March, 1987.

    Repeats every year on the 24 of July 5 times .
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  • Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

     

    Mercedes Prat was born on March 6, 1880, in Barcelona, baptized on the following day, and made her First Holy Communion on June 30, 1890. From her childhood she gave herself completely to God, whom she received every day in Communion. She displayed a great love for her neighbor and tried to foster this kind of love in others. During her years in school, she was known for her goodness and her dedication to school work, excelling especially in painting and needlework, which were areas in which she had a natural talent.

    Repeats every year on the 24 of July 5 times .
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  • Blessed Titus Brandsma

    Born at Bolsward (The Netherlands) in 1881, Blessed Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelite Order as a young man. Ordained a priest in 1905, he earned a doctorate in philosophyin Rome. He then taught in various schools in Holland and was named professor of philosophy and of the history of mysticism in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, where he also served as Rector Magnificus. He was noted for his constant availability to everyone. He was a professional journalist, and in 1935 he was appointed ecclesiastical advisor to Catholic journalists.

    Repeats every year on the 27 of July 5 times .
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  • Saint Albert of Trapani

    Albert degli Abbati was born in Trapani in Sicily in the thirteenth century. Having joined the Carmelites and been ordained a priest, he soon became famous for his preaching and miracles. He was provincial in Sicily in 1296, and died in Messina, probably in 1307, with a reputation for purity and prayer.

    From the Book of the Institution of the First Monks

    (L. 1, c. 2: ed. AnOC 3 [1914-1916], pp. 348-49).

    Repeats every year on the 7 of August 5 times .
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  • St Teresa Benedict of the Cross (Edith Stein), martyr and Patron of Europe

    Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family at Breslau on 12th October, 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched after truth and found it in reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Jesus. In 1922 she was baptised a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz on 9th August, 1942, during the Nazi persecution and died a martyr for the Christian faith after having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel.

    Repeats every year on the 9 of August 5 times .
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  • Blessed Isidore Bakanja

    Bl. Isidore Bakanja, a member of the Boangi tribe, was born in Bokendela (Congo) between 1880 and 1890.  He was converted to Christianity in 1906 and took every opportunity to spread his faith amongst his fellow workers.  He prayed the Rosary daily and was devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel whose scapular of protection he wore with pride.  He was working in a plantation run by a Belgian colonialist in Ikili and was forbidden by the owner to spread Christianity among his fellow workers.

    Repeats every year on the 12 of August 5 times .
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  • Blessed Maria Sagrario of St Aloysius

    She was born at Lillo (Toledo) on 8th January 1881. A pharmacist by trade, she was one of the first women in Spain to be admitted to this qualification. In 1915 she entered the Carmel of St Anne and St Joseph in Madrid. Through her spirit of prayer and her love for the Eucharist she was a perfect embodiment of the contemplative and ecclesial ideal of the Teresian Carmel. She was Prioress of her community when she was martyred on 15th August 1936. It was a grace she longed for and accepted in perfection of faith and ardent love for Christ.

    Repeats every year on the 16 of August 5 times .
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  • Blesseds John Baptist, Michael Aloysius, and James

    Fr. Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil (b. 1737 at Limoges) in religion Fr. Leonard, Fr. Michael-Louis Brulard (b. 1758 at Chartres) and Fr. Jacques Gagnot (b. 1753 at Frolois) in religion Fr. Hubert of St. Claude, were among a group of 64 martyrs, beatified October 1st, 1995, victims of the French Revolution who came from 14 French dioceses and from various religious Orders.

    Repeats every year on the 18 of August 5 times .
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  • Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified

    **Special Note:  In the city of St. Louis we also celebrate the Solemnity of St. Louis, King of France on this day.** 

    Repeats every year on the 25 of August 5 times .
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  • Transverberation of Teresa of Jesús

    Note: For Carmelite nuns, this is a Memorial feast date and for all others an Optional Memorial.

    Repeats every year on the 26 of August 5 times .
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  • Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart

    Teresa Margaret was born in Arezzo in Tuscany in 1747 of the noble Redi family, and entered the Discalced Carmelites in Florence on September 1, 1764.  She was given a special contemplative experience concerning the words of St. John, "God is love." She felt deeply that her vocation was to live a hidden life of love and self-immolation.  That vocation was confirmed by her heroic exercise of fraternal charity, but was soon completed: she died in 1770, aged twenty-three.

    From the Decree of Canonization

     

    Repeats every year on the 1 of September 5 times .
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  • Blessed Mary of Jesus

    Born in 1560 at Tartanedo (Spain) she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year. She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva. She died at Toledo on 13th September, 1640. St Teresa of Jesus thought extremely highly of her. She was a great contemplative, intensely devoted to our Lord, and often drawing inspiration from the liturgy.

    A reading from Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Jesus

     

    Repeats every year on the 12 of September 5 times .
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  • Saint Albert of Jerusalem

    Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel

    Albert Avogadro was born about the middle of the twelfth century in Castel Gualteri in Italy. He became a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180. Named Bishop of Bobbio in 1184, and of Vercelli in 1185, he was made Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205. There, in word and example, he was the model of a good pastor and peace-maker. While he was Patriarch (1206-1214) he united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community and wrote a Rule for them. He was murdered at Acre on 14th September, 1214.

    Repeats every year on the 17 of September 5 times .
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  • Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

    Therese Martin was born at Alencon in France in 1873. While still young she entered the Carmelites of Lisieux, where she lived in the greatest humility, evangelical simplicity and confidence in God. By her words and example she taught the novices these same virtues. Offering her life for the salvation of souls and the spread of the Church. She died on 30th September, 1897, was canonised in 1925 and declared a Doctor of the Church on Mission Sunday, 19th October, 1997.

    Repeats every year on the 1 of October 5 times .
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  • Saint Teresa of Jesús

    Teresa was born at Avila (Spain) in 1515. She is better known in the English-speaking world as Teresa of Avila. As a member of the Carmelite Order she made great progress in perfection and received mystical revelations. As reformer of her Order she underwent many trials which she intrepidly overcame. She also wrote books of the greatest spiritual value which reflect her own experiences. She died at Alba in 1582.

    Repeats every year on the 15 of October 5 times .
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  • Blessed Josepha Naval Girbes

    osepha Naval Girbes was born at Algemesi in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain, on 11th December, 1820. As a very young woman she consecrated herself to the Lord by a perpetual vow of chastity. Josepha's life was simple. She stood out for her ardent love, and she made progress along the way of prayer and evangelical perfection while dedicating herself generously to apostolic works in her parish community. In her own time she opened a school where she taught needlework, prayer, and the evangelical virtues.

    Repeats every year on the 6 of November 5 times .
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  • Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

    Born in Aytona, Lerida, Spain, on 29th December, 1811, Blessed Francis Palau y Quer entered the Order in 1832 and was ordained priest in 1836. Civil turmoil forced him to live in exile and outside his community. On his return to Spain in 1851, he founded his "School of Virtue"-which was a model of catechetical teaching-at Barcelona. The school was suppressed and he was unjustly exiled in Ibiza (1854-1860) where he lived at El Vedra in solitude and experienced mystically the vicissitudes of the Church.

    Repeats every year on the 7 of November 5 times .
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  • Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

     Elizabeth Catez of the Trinity was born in 1880 in the diocese of Bourges. In 1901 she entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery of Dijon. There she made her profession of vows in 1903 and from there she was called “to light, to love and to life” by the Divine Spouse in 1906. A faithful adorer in spirit and in truth, her life was a “praise of glory” of the Most Blessed Trinity, present in her soul and loved amidst interior darkness and excruciating illness. In the mystery of divine inhabitation she found her “heaven on earth,” her special charism and her mission for the church.

    Repeats every year on the 8 of November 5 times .
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  • All Carmelite Saints

     The whole family of Carmel in the homeland, with Mary its Mother at its head, is the reason for our joy and praise to the Father on this day. We recall our brothers and sisters who once dedicated their lives to continual prayer on earth and now share in the worship of heaven. We unite ourselves spiritually to their glory, all the while journeying along the paths they traveled with courage, as they lived in obedience to Christ and followed in the footsteps of Our Lady.

    Repeats every year on the 14 of November 5 times .
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