A painting of some of Carmel's holy men and women,
from the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Calle Real, El Salvador.
Across the centuries the Carmelite Order has given witness to the primacy of God. As is the case throughout the Church very many people pursue lives of faithful service and holiness. From these the Church chooses individuals whose witness to Christ can serve as an example to those of us still on our pilgrim way. A number of these come from the slopes of Carmel.
Readers may like to access the comprehensive article: Holy Men and Women of Carmel (a survey of saints from the earliest days of the Carmelite Family to the present; click on the blue link to download the file in PDF format). Another excellent resource is the collection of biographies Saints of Carmel compiled from various sources by Fr. Louis Saggi, O.Carm.
To the right you will find links to those of our sisters and brothers who are celebrated in the present day liturgy of the Carmelite Order with the rank of memoria or above (with the addition of Simon Stock whose feast is celebrated as a memorial in the British Province, and Edith Stein whose feast is celebrated as a patron saint of Europe). They are listed according to the date of the liturgical celebration of their memory with a brief biography and the Collect of each commemoration. Saints whose feast days are celebrated as optional memoria are not listed, but details about them can be found in the documents Holy Men and Women of Carmel and Saints of Carmel (follow the links above).
Extracts from the writings of Carmelite Saints can be found in the Carmelite Spirituality section.
Persons wishing to know when Carmelite saints are commemorated in the British Province can click here to download (in PDF format) the 2013 Liturgical Ordo, which also includes a list of optional memoria.
Christ and his mother Mary flanked by Carmelite saints, on a 'predella' painted for a Carmelite altarpiece in Siena, now in that city's gallery (Pinacoteca Nazionale).