Friday, May 28, 2010

Ven John of Jesus Mary

"A native of Calahorra (Logroño), John [Juan de San Pedro, 1564-1615] came into contact with the Carmelites when studying philosophy at Alcalá University. At eighteen he joined the Order in Pastrana, and made his profession there on 30 January 1583. After his theological studies, probably at Salamanca, he was sent to Genoa in 1585, along with Fr. Fernando.

His chief role in the young Congregation was in the field of formation, something at which he was extremely talented. He is looked upon as the novice master par excellence, having filled that post almost without interruption from 1598 to 1611. The profession registers at Santa María della Scala testify to the fact that over 140 novices passed through his hands. We can still sample the fruit of his knowledge and experience in the two books that grew out of them: Instructio novitiorum and Instructio magistri novitiorum, two books which influenced other Orders as well as our own.

After three terms as definitor general, and having been general from 1611-1614, John of Jesus and Mary died at Montecompatri, where his body lies incorrupt to this day."

-- Teresian Carmel: pages of history by Idelfonso Moriones, ocd


Anonymous said...

Dear Daughter of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,

Pax et bonum

I am a franciscan brother, who as of today, will be residing at the Ancient Carmelite Monaster of La Scala, outside Noto Italy. Today this monastery has been restored, as a structure, but is vacant. The Sons of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel have not been here for more than a century, when the Italian Republic stole their monastery. Subsequently an aged frier from a wealthy family redeemed it and it is now the proptery of the local RC Diocese.

This monastery was founded by the venerable, Friar Girolomo Terzo, and became the center of the Carmelite Reform in Sicily in the 18th century.

As he is buried alonside the altar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and as I do not know anything about him, I was wondering if Carmelites throughout the world could send me a copy of any book they might have about him, or a copy of his writings, as, out of charity and gratitude, I want to promote his cause for Beatitification, which cause has been open for more than a century.

Sons and Daughter of Carmel can write me at:

96017 NOTO (SR)

May Our Lady the Ladder of Paradise, bless you, one and all!

ocd sister said...

Brother Alexis--

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Venerable Girolamo of Jesus Mary and Joseph, OCarm, was born on 17 May 1683 in Noto, Siracusa, and went home to God on 11 April 1758.

You may want to check the following webpages:
(Scroll down to pages 35-36.)

Fr Joachim Smet, OCarm, is an authority in Carmelite history. Perhaps he can give you additional information. Father resides at the International College of St Albert in Rome.

The Carmelite Fathers are petitioning his beatification. You may want to contact them: PP Carmelitani, Via G Verdi, 20, 95129 Catania, Italia; Santuario de S Maria Scala del Paradiso, Contrada Scala, 96017 Noto (Sr), Italia.

Rimaniamo uniti nella preghiera.