August 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15th

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it… Read More…

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August 11th – Bl. Isidore Bakanja

Isidore Bakanja

Bl. Isidore Bakanja – (c.1885-1909)
Lay Martyr
August 11th

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. He converted to Christianity in 1906.

He was working in a plantation run by a colonialist in Ikili and was forbidden by the owner to spread Christianity… Read More…

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August 9th – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
(1891-1942)
Virgin/Martyr
August 9th

Teresa Benedicta of the Cross---Edith Stein

Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family at Breslau, Germany on October 12, 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched after truth and found it in reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Jesus. In 1922 she was baptized a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz… Read More…

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August 7th – St. Albert of Trapani

St. Albert of Trapani – (c.1250-1306)
Priest
August 7th

Albert of Trapani

Also known as St. Albert of Sicily. Albert was born of Benedict degli Abati and Joan Palizi, both of whom promised to consecrate him to the Lord. Albert’s parents promised that if they were blessed with a son, he would be dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Educated in a Carmelite monastery, and joined the…   read more…

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July 28th – St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde

Pedro Poveda Castroverde

St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde – (1874-1936) – Priest and Martyr

Born December 3rd, 1874 at Linares, Spain and raised in a pious family, he felt an early call to the priesthood. He entered the seminary in Jaen in 1889, then the seminary of Guadix, Grenada. Ordained on April 17th, 1897, taught at the seminary, continued his studies, and received…       more…

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July 28th – Bl. John Soreth

John Soreth

Bl. John Soreth – (1394-1471) – Priest

John Soreth was born near Caen in Normandy in 1394 and entered the Carmelite house there as a young man. Ordained priest around 1417, he became a doctor of theology in Paris in 1438 and served as regent of studies there. He was Provincial of the…      more…

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July 27th – Bl. Titus Brandsma

Titus Brandsma

Bl. Titus Brandsma – (1881-1942) – Priest and Martyr

Born in the Frisian city of Bolsward (The Netherlands), February 23rd in 1881, Bl. Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelites while still young and was ordained priest in 1905…      more…

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July 26th – Sts. Joachim and Anne

Joachim and Anne

Sts. Joachim and Anne – Parents of the Virgin Mary and Protectors of our Order

An old tradition going back to the second century gives these names to the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The veneration of St Anne dates from the sixth century in the East and spread throughout the West in the tenth century; that of St Joachim is more recent. Along with St Joseph they are protectors of our Order.

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July 24th – Maria Mercedes Prat

Maria Mercedes Prat

Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat – (1880-1936)
Virgin and Martyr
July 24th

Mercedes Prat was born on March 6th, 1880, in Barcelona. From her childhood she gave herself completely to God, whom she received every day in Communion. She displayed a great love for her neighbor… Read More

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July 24th – Bl. Martyrs of Guadalajara -and- Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat

Martyrs of Guadalajara Spain

Bls. Maria Pilar, Teresa and Maria Angeles

(Martyrs of Guadalajara Spain)

(d.1936) – Virgins

Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of Guadalajara, Spain, were executed for the faith on July 24th 1936, during the opression of the Church in Mexico…   more…

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Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat – (1880-1936) – Virgin and Martyr

Mercedes Prat was born on March 6th, 1880, in Barcelona. From her childhood she gave herself completely to God, whom she received every day in Communion…    more…

 

 

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