ST. ANGELUS, CARMELITE FRIAR, M.
HE was of Jewish parents, and a native of
Jerusalem. Being converted to the faith, he embraced the austere life
of certain anchorets on the banks of the Jordan; from whom he passed
to the hermits of the desert on mount Carmel. He seems to have been
one among them at the time when the blessed Albert drew up a rule for
them in 1206: at least he became one of the first friars of that holy
order. Coming to preach in the West, he was massacred by the heretics
at Licate or Leocata, in Sicily, in 1225, by the contrivance of a
powerful rich man, whose incest with a sister he had severely
reproved, and had converted her from that scandalous life. The annals
of the order furnish the most material circumstances of his glorious
death, and the account of his miracles. See Papebroke the Bollandist,
t. 2, Maij. p. 56, who sets no great value on any of the three
different acts or relations of his martyrdom, but gives long accounts
of miracles performed since his death, and of the great veneration
which is paid to him in Sicily, especially at Leocata and at Palermo.
See also on St. Angelus, the new Bibliotheca Carmelitana, printed at
Orleans, in 1752, t.1, p. 113.