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Saint of the Day May 16: St. Simon Stock

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Saint Simon Stock
Feast Day: May 16
Never formally canonized a saint, Simon Stock is venerated by the Carmelite order and some dioceses. He was the sixth

"Vierge et saint Simon Stock" by Nicolas Mignard (Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Public Domain)
“Vierge et saint Simon Stock” by Nicolas Mignard (Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Public Domain)

master general of the Carmelites and was responsible for their transformation to a mendicant order. Born in England, Simon supposedly became a hermit at 12. According to legend, Simon received a vision of the Virgin Mary who presented to him the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Devotion to her and the wearing of the scapular have remained popular for centuries.