St. Simon Stock

Friar
Feast day: 16May
Statue at Aylesford Priory depicting Simon Stock (right)
with Our Lady and the baby Jesus

Simon, an Englishman, was elected as one of the early Priors General of the Order and served during the difficult days of transition between the Carmelites being hermits to their becoming mendicant friars.

Simon died whilst on visitation of our friary at Bordeaux, France, in the mid-thirteenth century. His mortal remains are venerated in the cathedral of that city to this day.

He has been venerated in the Carmelite Order for his personal holiness and his devotion to Our Lady. A liturgical celebration in his honour was observed locally in the fifteenth century, and later extended to the whole Order. He is credited as the author of the Carmelite antiphon to Mary, Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel).


 
The legends surrounding Saint Simon - particularly the so-called 'scapular vision' - have been extensively researched by the leading historian of the British Province, Fr. Richard Copsey, O.Carm., whose research has been published in the third volume of the Carmel in Britain series, published by Saint Albert's Press.
 
Shortly after the return of the Carmelites to Aylesford Priory in 1949, a major relic of St. Simon was retuned to England by the Archbishop of Bordeaux, and enshrined in a reliquary designed by Adam Kossowski (pictured below).
 

The Relic Chapel at Aylesford Priory in Kent
To watch a video presentation about St. Simon Stock and his link to the Carmelite Order's brown scapular, click on the arrow in the YouTube box below.
Let us pray
Father, you called St. Simon Stock to serve you
in the brotherhood of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Through his prayers, help us like him to live in your presence,
and to work for the salvation of the human family.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Simon Stock depicted in an icon written by the Carmelite nuns of Ravenna,
in York Carmelite Friary