Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Saint Berthold of Calabria

The 29th of March is the feast day of Saint Berthold of Calabria.

According to historians he is the founder of the Carmelite Order and was born in Limoges, France. He was a student of the University of Paris and excelled in his studies. He became a priest and joined his brother, Aymeric, who was the Latin patriarch of Antioch, in Turkey during the Crusades. He found and joined a group of hermits on Mount Carmel and established a rule. Aymeric then selected Berthold to be the first Carmelite superior general. Berthold had a vision of Christ and tried reforming the Christian soldiers, whilst heading the Carmelites for a further 45 years.

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