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Bl. Josepha Navál Girbes, (OCD), Virgin (m) admin Fri, 2011-11-25 14:18

 Born December 11th, 1820 at Algemesi in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. As a very young woman she consecrated herself to the Lord by a perpetual vow of chastity. Josepha’s life was simple. She stood out for her ardent love, and she made progress along the way of prayer and evangelical perfection while dedicating herself generously to apostolic works in her parish community. In her own home she opened a school where she taught needlework, prayer,

Bl. Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, (OCD), Virgin (m) admin Fri, 2011-11-25 14:13

Anna Maria Tauscher -- was born on June 19, 1855 in Sandow, Germany, which is now in Poland.  She came from a deeply religious Protestant pastor's family.  God guided this richly talented and capable woman on steep and stony roads to the Catholic faith.  On October 30, 1888 she was received into the Catholic Church.  From then on she herself became poor for the sake of the poor, homeless for the sake of the homeless. 

Bl. Mary of Jesus, (OCD), Virgin (mf) admin Fri, 2011-11-25 10:46

Born in 1560 at Tartanedo (Spain), she took the Discalced Carmelite habit at Toledo in 1577 and made her profession the following year. She spent the rest of her life serving God in that Carmel, except for a brief period in 1585 when she helped with a foundation at Cuerva.

Bls. Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil, Michael Louis Brulard and James Gagnot, Priests and Martyrs (m) 

Part of the Martyrs of Rocheport, France – Fr. Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil (b. 1737 at Limoges) in religion Fr. Leonard; Fr. Michael-Louis Brulard (b. 1758 at Chartres); and Fr. Jacques Gagnot (b. 1753 at Frolois) in religion Fr. Hubert of St. Claude; were among a group of 64 martyrs, beatified October 1, 1995, victims of the French Revolution who came from 14 French dioceses and from various religious Orders.

Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat, (OCD) Virgin and Martyr, (mf)

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 and tried to foster this kind of love in others. During her years in school, she was known for her goodness and her dedication to school work.

Bls. Maria Pilar, Teresa and Maria Angeles, (OCD), Virgins and Martyrs (m)

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

After having given witness to their faith in Christ the King they offered their lives for the Church.

Bl. Maria Candida of the Eucharist, (OCD) Virgin (m)

As a child, Maria Barba of Catanzaro, Italy, learned to play the piano. At the age of fifteen, she underwent an interior conversion that turned her heart and mind totally to God. However, her aspiration to religious life was opposed by her family. During this time, Maria found consolation in developing a profound love for the Eucharist and in reading the autobiography of the Carmelite, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

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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."