St. Theresa (1515-1582). Born in Avila, Spain, she joined the Carmelite Order, an “enclosed” Order in which the sisters never leave their convent. The Order had become very lax, and visitors were allowed to come at all times of the day and evening. She set about its reform during which she had to endure great trials, which she overcame by her indomitable spirit. She wrote many works which are renowned for the depth of their doctrine, and which also showed her own spiritual experiences. She declared that for more than fifteen years she could see no point in her prayers, experiencing a spiritual “dryness” all through that period. She was helped in her reform of the Order by St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite friar who carried out similar reforms within the male branch of the Order.
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Anselm (1033-1109). Born at Aosta in Piedmont, he entered the Benedictine Order in France where he taught theology. Went to England where he became Archbishop of Canterbury and fought strenuously for the freedom the Church, as a reault of which he was twice condemned to exile.
George, Patron Saint of England. There is evidence from the 4th century that St. George was venerated in Lydda in Palestine where a church was built in his honour.
Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578-1622). Born there in Germany, he became a Capuchin, leading a hard life of penance, vigils and prayer. An indefatigable preacher, he was ordered to preach to the Swiss where he was pursued by heretics and eventually suffered martyrdom. Picture: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen with St. Joseph of Leonessa (Tiepolo, 1752-1758).