Sunday, May 16, 2010
St. Simon Stock and Aylesford
May 16th is the memorial of St. Simon Stock, Carmelite, who died in Bordeaux, France in 1265. Before he became Secretary-General of the Carmelites he was at Aylesford in Kent, England. His relics are at Aylesford today after having been preserved in Bordeaux.
Of course, Aylesford was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and passed through many hands until the Carmelites bought it back in 1949. It has been renovated as a pilgrimage site and conference center including a gift shop and tea room, and offers many special events.