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May 16 – St Simon Stock (1165-1265) English Carmelite

St Simon Stock is associated with the brown scapular of the Carmelite order. A native of Kent who may have gone on pilgrimage or crusade to the Holy Land and had an experience of the hermit and …More
St Simon Stock is associated with the brown scapular of the Carmelite order. A native of Kent who may have gone on pilgrimage or crusade to the Holy Land and had an experience of the hermit and community life on Mount Carmel and brought this back to Europe and to England.
St Simon Stock is associated with the brown scapular of the Carmelite order. A native of Kent who may have gone on pilgrimage or crusade to the Holy Land and had an experience of the hermit and community life on Mount Carmel and brought this back to Europe and to England. Patrick Duffy tells some of the traditions about him.
A wandering ascetic
Little is known of the life of Simon Stock before 1247, but he may have been a native of Kent, England. Legend has it that the name “Stock” derives from his reputation that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in the hollow tree trunk of an oak tree and practised fasting, living on herbs, roots and wild apples. He seems to have gone wandering and was on a …More
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