Francisco Palau y Quer, founder of the Carmelite Missionaries
December 29 is born from 1811 in Aytona (Lérida), Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Lérida. She is the 15 1833 XMNXX as a Discalced Carmelite. Due to the political hazards produced in Spain, he is exiled to France from 1840 to 1851. In the surroundings of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Livrón leads an intense solitary life in 1843. Returns to Spain in April of 1851; it is incardinated in the diocese of Barcelona; founds the «School of Virtue» in November of the same year. Suppressed the "School", is confined to Ibiza the 9 of April of 1854, where the mystery of the Church lives deeply. In the Balearic Islands he founded the congregations of the Brothers and the Carmelite Sisters. In January-March 1872 writes and publishes the Rules and Constitutions of the Tertiary Order of Discalced Carmelites, which are printed in Barcelona. The 20 of 1872 dies in Tarragona.
How was it?
In love with silence, with retreat and with solitude, he is and at the same time feels himself an apostle, a tireless preacher: He sees the re-Christianization of the Spanish and European environment as an authentic work of evangelization.
The direction was one of the channels by which he transmitted with greater effectiveness and authenticity his spirit to the members of the religious family of Carmelo Misionero; it is reflected in your letters. His facet of catechist and renovator was evident in the great work of the «School of Virtue» in Barcelona.
He was a writer, more for pastoral demands than for vocation or consecration to the pen. He managed, however, to compose original pages that occupy a privileged place in the religious and spiritual literature of the 19th century in Spain.