Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse

About Blog Central

Blog Central is an endeavor which has grown from one simple blog with only a few contributors in 2013 to the current “hub” for four blogs with different authors and more contributors.

Fr. Jorge Cabrera was the coordinator of the original blog. At the 2014 Provincial Chapter, Fr. Jorge was assigned to the Little Flower Parish in Oklahoma City where he serves as Pastor and Superior in addition to being the Postulant Director.

During the Provincial Chapter of 2014, Fr. Bonaventure Sauer was appointed as the Provincial Communications Director. He succeeded Fr. Jorge as coordinator of the blog. Following guidelines and recommendations from the 2013 OCD Information Congress held in Avila, Spain, Fr. Bonaventure started to outline a communications plan. Within eight months and despite the challenges of current, new, and emerging technologies, the provincial website was updated and, in collaboration with some of the friars and secular order members of the province, Blog Central was born.


AUTHORS


ABOUT FR. BONAVENTURE

Fr. Bonaventure is a Discalced Carmelite Friar of the Province of St. Therese (Oklahoma). He currently serves as the Provincial Delegate to the OCDS and as the Provincial Communications Director. In addition to serving in these two capacities, Fr. Bonaventure also gives conferences and retreats to various communities of the Discalced Carmelite family here in the U.S. and in Canada. When not traveling to attend to his responsibilities and commitments, he calls Mount Carmel Center in Dallas, Texas his home. He is the author of the Poet and Contemplative Blog.

“RHAPSODEE”

The author of the RHAPSODEE Blog is a verified Discalced Carmelite Nun in the Province of St. Therese.

ABOUT FR. JOHN MICHAEL (+RIP+)

Fr. John Michael Payne was a Discalced Carmelite Friar of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese. He passed away in January 8, 2017. For many years, he served as the Provincial Delegate to the Secular Discalced Carmelites in our province. In the past, he has served at the Mount Carmel Center in Dallas, TX, as superior of different houses in our province, and as the Student Director in San Antonio, TX. Fr. John Michael was the Provincial Archivist—a responsibility he has held for several years. His last assignment was as the Superior at Marylake in Little Rock, AR. He was the author of the Memos from Marylake Blog.

CONTRIBUTING FRIARS


ABOUT FR. SAM ANTHONY

Fr. Sam Anthony Morello is a Discalced Carmelite Friar of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese. He was ordained at St. Mary Major Church in Rome, on April 29, 1962. For about thirty years, Fr. Sam Anthony taught at the University of Dallas and at the Dominican College and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. During the 1986 General Council in Rome, he was selected to be a Definitor. He served in that capacity for five years, working with Discalced Carmelite communities from Malta to Australia and from Hong Kong to England. Upon his return to the United States, he subsequently served at Mount Carmel Center in Dallas, TX, the Carmelite monastery in San Antonio, TX, and at the St. John of the Cross House of Studies in New Orleans. His latest assignment is at Marylake Monastery in Little Rock, AR where he continues to serve his province and the Order. He is one of the contributors to the Provincial Blog.

ABOUT FR. JORGE

Fr. Jorge (Cabrera) de María Inmaculada, is a Discalced Carmelite friar who belongs to the Oklahoma Province of St. Thérèse. He entered the Order in 2001, made his first religious profession on January 1st, 2003 and his solemn profession November 14, 2008. He received the sacrament of Holy Orders on June 12, 2009. He has a Masters Degree in Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and a Masters in Spiritual Theology with concentration on Carmelite spirituality from the Centro Internacional Teresiano Sanjuanista (CITeS) in Avila in conjunction with the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid, Spain. He is currently residing in Oklahoma City where he serves as the pastor of the Little Flower Church.

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS


“A Carmelite Friend”

is a verified contributor to the OCDS Central Blog and a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Central Province.

“A Listening Heart”

is a verified contributor to the OCDS Central Blog and a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Central Province.

“Hannah de Lisser”

is a verified contributor to the OCDS Central Blog and a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Central Province.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS


DISCALCED CARMELITES OF LAFAYETTE

The Discalced Carmelites of Lafayette is a community of Nuns in Louisiana. Visit their website at http://lafayettecarmelites.org/

TIM BETE

Tim Bete is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of the Gray Rising Blog and has written The Raw Stillness of Heaven –– a book of poetry on prayer, faith, and conversion.

ISABEL QUESNELL

Isabel Quesnell is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from San Antonio, TX. We are grateful to her for sharing her account of St. Thérèse & My Healing Story.

BETTY ANN BOWEN HARRISON

Betty Ann Bowen Harrison is a woman from Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is married to Deacon Joe Harrison for 53 years. She has three children -- Lisa Speer, Nancy Parker, and Ben Harrison. She has 10 grandchildren.

Betty received her R.N.Diploma from St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She has a B.A. From Stevens College in Missouri and a Mental Health Professional certification from State of Arkansas. She is retired from Community Counseling Services as Chief Operating Officer and currently does consultation for mental health and nursing services.

She is a member of St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church and is commissioned in Pastoral services in the Diocese of Little Rock. She volunteers in her parish and serves as lector, Extra-ordinary Minister of the Eucharist, member of the Hands of Mary, and is a member of the choir. She also serves as an advocate for the marriage tribunal, prepares couples for pre-Cana, and teaches RCIA. She and her husband serve in disaster work for the Catholic Social Services when needed.

Betty continues to serve the Lord whenever He calls and is blessed to have the intercession of St. Therese -- the Little Flower of the Child Jesus, and the protection of Our Lady. When discerning about getting married years ago, Betty was praying to Mary and she thinks she heard our Lady saying, " Well God sent me my Joseph, now He is sending you one too!"

Betty adds, "That has been 53 years ago and Our Blessed Mother has been our protector ever since that time. May you who have read my story be blessed too. Put your trust in The Lord.”