Bl. John Soreth

Feast day: 24July
John Soreth depicted in ceramic by Adam Kossowski
at the Carmelite Saints Chapel, Aylesford Priory

John Soreth was born at Caen in Normandy and entered Carmel as a young man. He took a doctorate in theology in Paris and served as regent of studies and provincal of his province. He was Prior General of the Carmelite Order from 1451 until his death at Angers in 1471. He restored observance within the Order and promoted its reform, wrote a famous commentary on the Rule of Saint Albert, issued new Constitutions for the friars in 1462, and promoted the growth of the nuns and the Third Order (especially through the papal bull Cum Nulla).



Lord God
you willed that Blessed John Soreth
should renew religious life
and establish communities for women
in the Order of Carmel.
May his prayers and merits
help us to be ever more faithful
in following Christ and his Mother.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.