Our Carmelite Saints

The Saints share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings and their prayer today. –Catechism of the Catholic Church

Carmelite Doctors

Carmelite Saints


St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

Her father, Don Alonso Sanchez y Cepeda writes:
"On Wednesday, the twenty-eighth day of the month March of the year 1515, about half an hour after five o’clock in the morning, with the first glimmer of the light of day, Teresa, my daughter was born."
That very day saw the inauguration of the monastery of the Incarnation, a house of Carmelite nuns of Mitigated observance in Avila which she would later join and over fifty years later, reform… Read more...

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St. John of the Cross

Juan de Yepes y Álvarez was born into a Jewish converso family in Fontiveros, near Avila town of around 2,000 people. He was born in 1542, but whether it was in June or December is still debated. The inscription placed at a later date in the baptistery of the parish church favors the tradition of June 24: “At this fount was baptised the mystical doctor St. John of the Cross, the first Discalced Carmelite, the shining light and honor of this most illustrious town of Fontiveros ... Read more...

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St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Zelie Martin, (Therese’s Mother), to her sister-in- law:
“My little daughter was born yesterday, Thursday, at 11:30 at night.She is very strong and very well…I am very happy. However, at first I was surprised, for I was expecting to have a boy!I imagined this for two months because I felt the child to be much stronger than my other children…” –Extracts Letters of St. Therese Volume ll Read more...

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Born on The Day of Atonement
"My Mother laid great emphasis on the occurrence, and I think, more than anything else, it made her youngest child especially dear to her. ..The Day of Atonement is the most solemn of all Jewish holidays, the day when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies, taking along the sacrifices to be offered in atonement for himself and all the people, after the scapegoat burdened with the sins of the nation, had been driven into the wilderness."–Life in a Jewish Family Read more...

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St. Teresa of the Andes

Born Juana Enriqueta Josefina de los Sagrados Corazones Fernández y Solar on July 13,1900 in Santiago, Chile into a well to do, distinguished family. “Jesus didn’t want me to be poor like Himself. I was born in the midst of riches spoiled by all.” –Diary Read more...

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St. Mary of Jesus Crucified

Her mother’s inspiring suggestion after losing twelve sons in infancy.

Let us go to Bethlehem on foot, and ask the Blessed Virgin for a daughter. Let us promise her that if our prayers are answered, we will name her Mariam and will offer for the service of God a quantity of wax equal to her weight when she is three years old.”

Mariam Baouardy was born of the eve of Epiphany in Abellin, in upper Galilee into a Lebanese family belonging to the Greek-Me Read more...

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Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Elizabeth was born on a Sunday into a military family and baptized Marie Rolland Josephine Elizabeth Catez on July 22nd, the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. A ’very beautiful, very lively child,” her mother wrote. Later in Carmel Elizabeth would write , to a priest friend,
“Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene of whom the Truth declared, ‘She loved much’. It is the feast day of my soul also, for I shall keep the anniversary of my baptism, ... Read more...

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Blessed Titus Brandma

He was born Anno Sjoerd Brandma, in Friesland, a province of Holland.

“The Friesan people are an agrarian people, close to the earth…they are a very constant people, who are militant yet like their silence as well. Titus was his father in action, his mother in his thinking. A very good combination for Carmel, active and contemplative.” –Fr. Constant Dolle, By Fire Into Light Read more...

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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

“From the moment I entered religious life, I considered God to be the goal and end of all my soul’s thoughts and affections. At the beginning of my novitiate, during the hours consecrated to mental prayer, I spent my time learning to appreciate the Truth of this divine Being, more so by the light of faith than by the work of meditation and discourse. "--Eulogy Read more...

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