Saint John of the Cross

Date: 14 December

Preference: Priest and Doctor of the Church - Solemnity

John de Yepes was born at Fontiveros in Spain in 1542. He entered the Carmelites in 1563 and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Afterwards he was persuaded by Saint Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness.