St. John of the Cross Story Board

St. John of the Cross Story Board

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  • St. John of the Cross was born in San Juan de la Cruz. His original name was Juan de Yepes y Álvarez. He was born June 24, 1542
  • John became a Carmalite monk at Medina del Campo in Spain in 1563 and was ordained priest 1567
  • 1569 at Duruelo, he opened the first Discalced Carmelite monastery. However it caused friction within the order and led to his imprisonment in 1576 and in 1577 at Toledo
  • He was able to escape in August 1578, 
  • John formed the steps of mystical ascent—a self-communion that in a quiet state leads the individual from the distractions of the world to the reunion between the soul and God
  • He died December 14, 1591,
  • St. John of the Cross
  • He was canonized 1726 and his feast day is December 14
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