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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1874 Blessed Teresa Mary of the Cross Manetti founded the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa, who she also sent to Lebanon and the Holy Land
Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, better known as Madame Acarie, spared no effort in introducing the Discalced Carmelite nuns into France
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."
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.
Blessed Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus was captivated by the doctrine of St. Therese and St John of the Cross. He served the Discalced Carmelite Order with distinction and founded the secular institute Notre Dame de Vie.
St. Henry de Ossó y Cervelló founded the Society of St. Teresa of Jesus (1876) dedicated to educating women in the school of the Gospel and following the example of St. Teresa.
St. Andrew Corsini was made bishop of Fiesole on October 13th, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence, and love of the poor.
After being made bishop of Patti and Lipari in 1354, St. Peter Thomas was entrusted with many papal missions to promote peace and unity with the Eastern Churches.
Saint Kuriakos Elias Chavara was the co-founder and first prior general of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate
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
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.