Saint Brocard is said to have been one of the first group of hermits at Mount Carmel, and was perhaps the leader of the community on the death of Saint Berthold around 1198. Circa 1207 the hermits incorporated their existing customs into a formal rule which was accepted by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Albert Avogadro. The document is addressed to a community member known only as 'B' (traditionally associated with Brocard, although no historical records exist that clearly identify this individual's full name). Receiving the Rule marks the origin of the Carmelite Order.
St. Brocard died around 1231. His feast day is September 2.
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