Wednesday, May 16, 2007

St Simon Stock, O. Carm.

Today is the feast of St Simon Stock in the calendars of both the Ancient Observance and the Discalced branches of the Carmelite Order. Aylesford Priory, shown above, was the first English home of the Carmelite Order and the house of St Simon Stock's profession. In the 16th century Henry VIII nationalised the monasteries but since the mid-20th century Aylesford has again been in Carmelite hands; the picture shows the restored gatehouse.

There is more on St Simon here.