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Calendar of Feasts and Memorials

stkuriakoseliaschavara 150January 3 Optional Memorial

Saint Kuriakos Elias Chavara, co-founder and first prior general of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, was born at Kainakary in Kerala, India, on 10 February 1805.

stpeterthomas 150January 8 Feast

Born in Perigod, France, around 1305, Saint Peter Thomas joined the Carmelite Order when twenty years of age.

standrewcorsini 150January 9 Feast

Born in Florence at the beginning of the 14th century, he entered religious life in the Carmelite house in his native city.

angelopaoli 150January 20 Optional Memorial

Angelo was born on September 1, 1642. His life can be divided into two periods: the years spent in his religious province of Tuscany, and those spent in Rome

archangelagirlani 15029 January Optional Memorial

Bl. Archangela Girlani was born Elanor Girliani in 1460 at Trino, on Monte Ferrato in northern Italy to a noble family.

candelariastjoseph 1501 February Optional Memorial

Bl Candelaria was born Susana Paz-Castillo Ramírez in 1863. She enthusiastically welcomed the call of God to holiness, and since her youth, stood out in practicing living and effective charity,

stjoseph 15019 March Solemnity

This celebration has profound Biblical roots; Joseph is the last Patriarch who receives the communications of the Lord through the humble way of dreams (cf. Gn 28, 12-14; Mt 1, 20-24).

francispalau 15020 March Optional Memorial

Francis Palau y Quer was born on 29th December 1811 at Aytona in Spain.

baptistmantua 15017 April Memorial

Born in Mantua on 17th April 1447, Bl. Baptist's father was of Spanish origin. He entered the Carmelites in Ferrara and professed his religious vows in 1464.

carmeliteshield02 1504 May Optional Memorial

In 1936 seventeen Spanish members of various Carmelite communities gave their lives in defence of and in witness to their Christian faith and consecration to Jesus Christ.

sanangelo01 1505 May Memorial

Angelus is thought to have been one of the first Carmelites to return to Sicily from Mount Carmel and, according to a long-standing tradition, he was murdered in Licata during the first half of the 13th century.

aloysiusrabata 1508 May Optional Memorial

Born at Erice, near Trapani, Sicily, probably in 1443, Bl. Aloysius Rabatà entered the Order of Carmel at the Annunziata convent in Trapani at an early age.

georgepreca 1509 May Memorial

Saint George Preca was born in Malta on 12 February 1880. He lived in Valletta, the capital of Malta, near the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

simonstock 15016 May Optional Memorial

As far as can be ascertained from the earliest references, Simon Stock was an English Prior General, known for his holy way of life, who died about 1265 in Bordeaux in France.

joachinadevedruna 15022 May Optional Memorial

Saint Joachina was born on 16th April 1783 in Barcelona, Spain. She married Theodore de Mas in 1799 but was widowed in 1816. She brought up nine children with loving care.

mariamagdaledepazzi 15025 May Feast

Mary Magdalene bore the surname of the noble family of Pazzi in Florence. Already by the 15th century, the Pazzi family exercised great political power.

hilaryjanuszewski 15012 June Optional Memorial

Hilary Januszewski was born on 11 June 1907 in Krajenki (Poland) and was given the name of Pawel. He received a Christian education from his parents, Martin and Marianne.

stelisha 15014 June Memorial

"Elisha came to Elijah, who threw his cloak over him and he, abandoned the oxen, followed Elijah and became his servant" (1 K 19, 19. 21).

mariacrocifissacurcio 1504 July Optional Memorial

Mother M. Crocifissa Curcio was born on 30 January 1877 in Ispica (Rg), Italy. From the time of her adolescence she realised that she was called to follow Christ in a radical manner,

janescopelli 1509 July Optional Memorial

Born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1439, Bl. Jane Scopelli began her religious life at home living as a Carmelite mantellata (member of a Carmelite lay confraternity, wearing the white cloak or mantella).

teresadelosandes 15013 July Optional Memorial

Juana Fernandez Solar was born on 13th July 1900 at Santiago in Chile, to Christian middle-class parents. Two days after her birth, she was baptized.

olmc01 45016 July Solemnity

Sacred Scripture exalts the beauty of Mount Carmel, there where Prophet Elisha defended the purity of the faith of Israel in the living God. In those places, at the beginning of the XIII century the Carmelite Order, had, as to say its juridical origin, under the title of Blessed Mary of Carmel.

martyrsofcompiegne 15017 July Optional Memorial

These were a community of sixteen Discalced Carmelite nuns from the monastery of the Incarnation at Compiégne in France.

elijah01 15020 July Solemnity

Elijah's memory was kept alive especially on Mount Carmel where he challenged the people to stop hobbling first on one foot and then on the other but to choose who is God in Israel - Yahweh or Baal.

johnsoreth01 15024 July Memorial

John Soreth was born near Caen in Normandy in 1394 and entered the Carmelite house there. Ordained priest around 1417, he became a doctor of theology in Paris in 1438.

annejoachim 15026 July Memorial

The names of the parents of Mary are known from the apocryphal “Proto-Gospel of James” (II century).

titusbrandsma 15027 July Memorial

Born in the Frisian city of Bolsward, Holland, in 1881, Bl. Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelites in 1898 at the age of 17. He made his first profession in 1899 and then he was ordained to the priesthood in 1905.

alberttrapani 1507 August Feast

Born in Trapani, Sicily, during the 13th century, Albert was distinguished for his dedication to preaching and by his reputation for working miracles.In 1280 and 1289, he was in Trapani and afterwards in Messina.

edithstein 1509 August Memorial, Feast in Europe

Edith Stein was born at Breslau on 12th October 1891 to German Jewish parents, and after her secondary education, she enroled in the department of philosophy in the city university.

isidorebakanja 15012 August Optional Memorial

Bl. Isidore Bakanja, a member of the Boangi tribe, was born in Bokendela (Congo) between 1880 and 1890. In order to survive, even as a boy, he had to work as bricklayer or in farms.

carmeliteshield02 15017 August Optional Memorial

The year of birth of Bl. Angelus Mazzinghi in Florence, Italy, or nearby, is unknown but it was certainly before 1386. He was received into the Order in 1413.

maryofjesuscrucified 15025 August Optional Memorial

Mariam Baouardy was born at Abellin in Galilee on 5th January 1846 to very poor parents who were good living and devoted Greek-rite Catholics.

carmeliteshield02 15026 August Optional Memorial

Bl. Jacques Retouret was born at Limoges in France on 15th September 1746 to a merchant family. He was a serious young man, a lover of books and greatly gifted. At fifteen years of age, he entered the Carmelite house in his native city.

teresaredi 1501 September Optional Memorial

Saint Teresa Margaret Redi was born in Arezzo on 1st September 1747 into the noble family of Redi. In 1764, she entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Florence, changing her baptismal name of Anna Maria to that of Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

stalbert01 15017 September Feast

Saint Albert was born towards the middle of the 12th century in Castel Gualtieri in Emilia, Italy. He entered the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara, Pavia, and became Prior there in 1180.

thereselisieux 1501 October Feast

Saint Thérèse was born at Alençon in France on 2nd January 1873. Her parents were Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin. After the death of her mother on 28th August 1877, Thérèse and her family moved to Lisieux. 

teresaavila01 15015 October Feast

Known to her family as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, she became the reformer of Carmel, mother of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and friars, "spiritual mother" (as is engraved under her statue in the Vatican Basilica), patron of Catholic writers (from 1965) and Doctor of the Church (1970)

francesdamboise 1505 November Optional Memorial

Bl. Frances D'Amboise was born in 1427, probably at Thouars, France. At fifteen years of age, she was married to Peter II, Duke of Brittany and crowned with him in the cathedral at Rennes in 1450. She was widowed in 1457.

nunoalvarespereira 1506 November Memorial

Nuno Álvares Pereira was born in Portugal on 24th June 1360, most probably at Cernache do Bomjardin, son of Brother Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, Hospitalier Knight of St. John of Jerusalem.

elizabethoftrinity01 1508 November Optional Memorial

Elizabeth Catez was born on 18th July 1880 in Campo d'Avor near Bourges, France, and she was baptized four days later. In 1887, her family moved to Dijon where her father died the same year.

mariascrilli 15013 November Optional Memorial

Maria Teresa Scrilli (1825-1889) founded the Congregation at Montevarchi (Arezzo) on October 15, 1854, with the approval of the Bishop of Fiesole, the superiors of the Order, and with the agreement of the Grand Duke Leopold II.

allcarmelitesaints 15014 November Feast

"Like the prophet Elijah, all the Saints of Carmel have been shaped through a school of spiritual fire. They also intimated the example of Mary and made their truest expression in the experience of love and that love makes the history of the Order.

allsouls01 15015 November Memorial

The Order of Carmel continues to grow and develop today because of the presence and contributions of all those who built upon its spiritual foundations, and not just its great saints. 

josephkalinowski 15019 November Optional Memorial

Raphael of St. Joseph (in lay life: Joseph Kalinowski) was born at Vilna to a Polish family on 1st September 1835 and died at Wadowice on 15th November 1907.

bartholomewfanti 1505 December Optional Memorial

A native of Mantua, Italy, he was a Carmelite in the Mantuan Congregation and already ordained priest by 1452.

stjohnofthecross 15014 December Feast

Saint John was born, probably in 1540, in Fontiveros, near Avila in Spain. In Medina in 1563 he was clothed in the Carmelite habit and, after a year's novitiate, was given permission to follow the unmitigated Carmelite Rule. 

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