Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew
Virgin of our Order
Feast Day: 7 June
Who was Anne of St. Bartholomew?
A brief biography
was born in a little town in central Spain called Almendral in 1549.
She had three brothers and three sisters. When she was ten, she lost
both her parents in a plague that spread across Spain. She had an
extraordinary spiritual life from an early age and her visions and
revelations continued throughout her life. As
a teenager she had a vision where the Virgin told her she would become
a nun. She worked as a shepherdess, and when her family tried to
arrange a marriage, she declined and despite
their opposition, Anne entered the first of St. Teresa's new
monasteries - St. Joseph's in Avila - in 1570, at the age of 21.
She was a lay-sister, and was very hard working. She often had no time
for prayer during the day, so she devoted time to prayer during the
night. She did not know how to write until she entered Carmel where she
learned from St Teresa herself.
Quotes of Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew
Teresa chose Anne as her personal assistant, nurse and secretary and
during the next 5 years Anne was her inseparable companion, travelling
with her and assisting in the last four foundations. All of Teresa's
letters in the last few years of her life were dictated to Anne. Teresa
Anne's arms in 1582 at the monastery in Alba de Tormes.
Anne was among the group of nuns chosen to accompany Ana de Jesus on
the expedition to France, where she was forced to take the black veil
as a choir nun against her will. She assisted in the foundation of
several French convents and served as prioress at Pontoise, Paris and
Tours. She suffered very much during this time because of the excessive
control of French male superiors. After her time in France, she
then went on to the Netherlands where she founded the
convent at Antwerp in 1612. She remained there until her death on June
7th in 1626.
after her death, miracles were attributed to her intercession and it is
claimed that by 1632 over 150 miracles had been approved. She proved
herself, like St. Teresa, a daughter of the Church in her great zeal
for souls. In 1735 Pope
Clement XII declared the heroicity of her virtues and she was beatified
by Pope Benedict XV in 1917.
Her writings include a number of letters still preserved, an autobiography and several treatises
on spiritual matters.
Blessed Anne's message for the 21st Century
|"It is not because I am good that our Lord granted me these favors, but that His
goodness might be made manifest. Although I was so unworthy of grace, this
Adorable Master sought me out that even when I was least occupied with the
thought of Him, in order that I might not be lost, and that His kindness might
|"Our Lord became a spring for us, so that we should not die of thirst among all the miseries that surround us."
“Silence is precious; by keeping silence and knowing how to listen to
God, the soul grows in wisdom and God teaches it what it cannot learn from
|"I will say here, for the glory of our Lord, that He always gave me consolations
when I did good to my neighbor, when the occasion presented itself, and when I
aided them in their need. I inconvenienced myself, it is true, on these
occasions, but I found instead of an inconvenience it was a real consolation.
It is to the good Master I owe it, and it has remained so with me until this
day. May His holy Name be blessed!”
Prayer for the Intercession of
Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew
rewarder of the humble,
you blessed your servant Anne of St. Bartholomew with outstanding charity and patience.
May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us,
to carry our cross
and be faithful in loving you,
and others for your sake.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Meditations from Carmel podcast:
Wikipedia listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Saint_Bartholomew
Antwerp Carmel history page:
text on this page has been taken from the "Calendar of
Carmelite Saints" published by the Carmelite Friars, Singapore and from
the book "The Heirs of St Teresa of Avila" published by ICS.