Carmelite Saints & Blesseds with Feast Day information

  • 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 .
    08/12/15
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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Memorial
  • 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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    Memorial
  • 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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    Feast
  • 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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    Feast
  • 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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    Feast
  • 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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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Optional Memorial
  • 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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    Memorial
  • 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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    Feast
  • All Carmelite Souls

    When November 15 falls on a Sunday, the Commemoration is celebrated on the following day.

    Repeats every year on the 15 of November 5 times .
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    Commemoration
  • Saint Raphael Kalinowski

    Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labor in Siberia. In 1877 he beca e a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.

    Repeats every year on the 19 of November 5 times .
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    Memorial
  • Blessed Denis and Redemptus

    Denis of the Nativity, a priest, called in the world Pierre Berthelot, was born in Honfleur in France in 1600. He was a cartographer and naval commander for the kings of Portugal and France before he joined the Discalced Carmelites in Goa in 1635. It was also at Goa that the Portuguese lay brother, Thomas Rodriguez da Cunha, born in 1598, had made his profession in 1615, taking the name Redemptus of the Cross. They were sent to the island of Sumatra, where, in the town of Achen, they received the martyr’s crown on November 29, 1638.

    Repeats every year on the 29 of November 5 times .
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  • Saint María Maravillas of Jesus

    "María de las Maravillas was born in Madrid, Spain, on 4 November 1891, the daughter of Luis Pidal y Mon, the Marquis of Pidal, and Cristina Chico de Guzmán y Muñoz. At the time her father was the Spanish Ambassador to the Holy See, and she grew up in a devout Catholic family.

    Repeats every year on the 11 of December 5 times .
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  • Saint John of the Cross

    When December 14 falls on a Sunday, the solemnity is transferred to the following day.

    John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Afterwards he was persuaded by Saint Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness.

    Repeats every year on the 14 of December 5 times .
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    Solemnity
  • Blessed Mary of the Angels

    Born in Turin, Italy, in 1661, she died, after spending her whole life there, in 1717. In 1675 she entered the Discalced Carmelite Convent of St. Christina, and several times filled the offices of Prioress and Novice Mistress. She underwent continual spiritual trials, but was constant in her ardent love of God. She was outstandingly faithful to prayer and particularly devoted to St. Joseph, in whose honor a convent was founded through her good offices at Moncalieri.

    Repeats every year on the 16 of December 5 times .
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    Memorial

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