Carmelite Chronicles: Carmelite Bishops in Spanish America

September 5, 2014 |

Although the Spanish crown did not permit the Carmelites to go to America as missionaries, it sometimes nominated them as bishops there. Some Carmelite bishops in Spanish America were: Ambrose de Vallejo (Popayán,1619; Santo Domingo, 1628; Trujillo, 1631), Peter de Carranza (Buenos Aires, 1620), John Alphonse de Solis (Puerto Rico, 1636), Ferdinand Lobo (Puerto Rico, 1649), Matthew Panduro y Villafane (Popayán, 1696; La Paz, 1714), John de Llamas (Panama, 1714), Bernard Serrada y Vilastre (Panama, 1721; Cuzco, 1725). Bishop Serrada brought with him to Panama his confreres, Fray John de Villarreal and Fray Michael de los Angeles Menchaca.

Carmelite Chronicles are taken from The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

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