12 June: Blessed Alphonsus Mary of the Holy Spirit Mazurek and Companions

Joseph Mazurek was born in 1891 at Baranowka, near Lubartow, Poland. He entered the Discalced Carmelite Order in 1908, taking the religious name Alphonsus Mary of the Holy Spirit. He was ordained a priest and appointed as a professor while dedicating himself to the education of youth. Afterward, he served in his Order as prior and bursar. In 1944, after having been arrested by the troops that had invaded his country, he was shot on 28 August at Nawojowa Gora, near Krzeszowice.

7 June: Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew

Ana Garcia was born at Almendral, Castille, in 1549. In 1572 she made her profession as a Carmelite in the hands of St Teresa at Saint Joseph’s, Avila. The Saint later chose her as her companion and nurse, and she subsequently brought the Teresian spirit to France and Belgium, where she proved herself, like Teresa, a daughter of the Church in her great zeal for the salvation of souls.

25 May: St. Mary Magdalen of the Incarnate Word de’ Pazzi

St Mary Magdalen of the Incarnate Word was born in Florence in 1566. She had a religious upbringing and entered the monastery of the Carmelite nuns there. She led a hidden life of prayer and self-denial, praying particularly for the renewal of the Church and encouraging the sisters in holiness. Her life was marked by many extraordinary graces. She died in 1607.

22 May: St. Joachina de Vedruna

In 1826, Saint Joachina de Vedruna was prompted by God's Spirit to found the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of Charity (Vedruna Sisters), which spread throughout Catalonia, establishing houses for the care of the sick and the education of children, especially the poor.

Marie du jour 2022, 16 May: Jessica Powers

It is hardly surprising to learn that the poet Jessica Powers was a great hymn writer, too. One of the hymns that she wrote for the Carmelite liturgies appears on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In it, she mentions the gift of the scapular.

16 May: Saint Simon Stock

Simon, an Englishman, died at Bordeaux in the mid-thirteenth century. He has been venerated in the Carmelite Order for his personal holiness and his devotion to Our Lady.

4 May: Blesseds Angel Maria Prat Hostench, Lucas of St. Joseph Tristany Pujol, Priests, and Companions

Carmel desired to bring together in one single memorial its own martyrs who, in different locations in Spain, bore witness during the long and bloody Civil War (1936-1939). Mentioned in this memorial are Father Angel Maria Prat Hostench, O. Carm., killed with his community in Tarrega in 1936, and Father Lucas of St. Joseph O.C.D., killed with his fellow friars in Barcelona, also in 1936. In this memorial, we also remember the groups from Lérida, Tarragona, Toledo, Olot, Terrasa, etc.

17 April: Blessed Baptist Spagnoli

Blessed Baptist Spagnoli served generously in the leadership of the Carmelite Order at the beginning of the 16th century. He was vicar general of his congregation six times, and in 1513 was elected prior general of the whole Order. In his treatise on patience, he wrote, "the word of scripture proved to be a solid bulwark against my anxieties."

24 February: Blessed Josefa Naval Girbés

Blessed Josefa Naval Girbés opened a school where she taught needlework, prayer, and the evangelical virtues in her own home and formed many young girls and women, sharing with them her wisdom and understanding. She was a member of the Discalced Carmelite Third Order Secular.

Advent IV, 2021 — Blessed

When I read in the Gospel “that Mary went in haste to the hill country of Judea” to perform her loving service for her cousin Elizabeth, I imagine her passing by so beautiful, so calm and so majestic

14 December: SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS OUR FATHER

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. Afterward, 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.

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