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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