John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his
superiors began to live stricter life. Afterwards he was persuaded by Saint Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in
Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness.