Mancera, 450th Anniversary

Mancera, 450th Anniversary

The Iberian Province in Spain informs us of the 450th Anniversary celebration of the foundation of the friary of Mancera, Salamanca.

On a June 11th Feast of St. Barnabas, friars Juan de la Cruz and Antonio de Jesus of the then community of Duruelo (where the two friars had been novices) left Duruelo at the request of the Provincial Alonso because of the community’s small size and unhealthy condition. Along with friars Juan Baptist and Pedro de los Angeles (who would later profess in Mancera on October 8, 1570), they made a foundation in Mancera. The friars continued in Mancera for 30 years. In 1600, they made a new foundation in Avila that has been recognized since then by the title of first Discalced foundation. Teresa de Jesus attests to this fact in her book, Foundations, chapter 14.

Fr. Provincial Miguel Marquez of the Iberian Province presided over the Eucharistic celebration for the commemoration of the foundation. The Mass was concelebrated with D. Jose Carlos Alejo, (Vicar of the Contemplative Life), D. Fernando, (a young priest, son of Mancera), and Fr. Miguel Angel Gonzalez, OCD (Prior of Alba de Tormes).