(Born: July 19th 1924 – Died: September 11th 1941)
The life of Annie (Anicka) Zelikova and that of Thérèse of Lisieux are very similar in many respects. Both had an active spiritual life at a very early age and were attracted to the Carmelites.
Seraphina di Dio was born Prudence Pisa, into a wealthy merchant family in Naples on October 24, 1621. Two of her uncles, one from her father’s side, the other from her mother’s, were respected priests in responsible positions.
As a teenager Prudence was kicked out of her parent’s home for several years.
Born and given the name Romana in Ostuni in the diocese of Monopoli in southeast Italy on August 6, 1674, the Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration. She was one of seven girls, and several boys. Her father Antonio Serio was a respected physician, and her mother, Francesca Spennati who came from a family of comfortable means was most known for her solid Christian way of life and was a daily communicant.
Mother M. Angeline Teresa (Bridget Teresa McCrory) was born on January 21, 1893 in Mountjoy, County Tyrone, Ireland. When she was seven years of age her family migrated to Scotland and at the age of nineteen she left home to become a Little Sister of the Poor, a Congregation engaged in the care of the destitute aged. She made her Novitiate in La Tour, France and after Profession she was sent to the United States.
Miguel de la Fuente was born March 2, 1573 in Valdelaguna Spain, about thirty miles from Madrid. He was one of at least 5 children. His parents, Francisco and Caterina were known for their deep faith put into practice, particularly in caring for orphans and widows. The priority in their house was the practice of their Catholic faith. Miguel was an alter server in the parish.
Also Known as Maria Angela Virgili
Mariangela was born in 1662 in Ronciglione Italy, to such impoverished parents that when she asked her father for permission to become a cloistered Carmelite nun, he answered no because they had nothing to give for a dowry. Her pious father added ‘…but you can become a nun at home’.
Also Known as Jerome of Jesus Mary Joseph
Born Girolamo (Jerome) Nunzio Matthew Terzo in May 1683 in Noto, Italy to a poor family. As a young man, he took up the trade of shoemaking until 1707 when he entered the hermitage of Jesus, Mary and St. Conrad and was clothed in the habit on October 30, 1707. In 1710 he was called to the pass of Bove to direct the other hermitage of St. Mary of the Ladder.
|As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.
All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."