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March 29


Saint of the day:
Saint Berthold of Mt. Carmel 

Patron Saint of  Carmelites

The Story of St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel 

St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel (d. 1195), also known as Bartoldus of Calabria, was born in Limoges, France, the son of a Count. Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite Order. He was a brilliant student at the University of Paris where he excelled at his studies and was ordained a priest. Berthold's brother, Aymeric, became the Latin patriarch of Antioch. The two joined together to participate in a Crusade to the Holy Land. While in the Holy Land, Berthold traveled to Mount Carmel and built a monastery and church dedicated to the Prophet Elijah. He gathered together a number of hermits scattered throughout Palestine to live together in imitation of the life of the great prophet as recorded in the Old Testament. Berthold became the group's superior and stayed with the community at Mount Carmel for 45 years until his death in 1195. It was the life and work of St. Berthold that laid the foundation for the Carmelite Order, whose rule was approved by Pope Honorius III in 1226. St. Berthold's feast day is March 29.

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Stella Maris Monastery

Stella Maris Rd 100, Haifa, Israel

The Stella Maris Monastery or the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for monks is a monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Another Carmelite monastery of the same name is reserved for nuns and is located higher up on Mount Carmel. 

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