Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese


St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: Abandonment to Love and Lowliness
by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD,
from 10am to 12pm on Wed. April 25th or Sat. the 28th

2018 Winter-Spring Programs at Mount Carmel Center

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: Abandonment to Love and Lowliness

by Rev. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD from 10am to 12pm on Wed. April 25th or Sat. the 28th

We will look at four poems of St. Elizabeth, each addressed to a sister in Carmel, and encouraging them, in the language of poetry, to embrace our lowliness and be given over to the Love that fills our lives.

Recommended donation of $25 per person

St. Teresa Benedicta: Knowledge and Faith

by the Very Rev. Stephen Sanchez, OCD
from 10am to 12pm on Wed. May 23rd or Sat. the 26th

This conference will be on how St. Teresa Benedicta integrated the Christian faith she received into her everyday life.

Recommended donation of $25 per person

For more information, please visit the Mount Carmel Center website.

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by Shawn Rain Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in Austin, TX. She is a contributor to ATX Catholic online and she also writes her own blog, Bethany Hang Out.

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OCDS Congress 2017 San Antonio TX

Reflections and Photos


We gathered some photos and reflections from those who attended the 2017 OCDS Congress in San Antonio, TX.

Visit our 2017 OCDS Congress page to view them.

Communicationes No. 328

Communicationes' New Look


The Discalced Carmelite Order's official bulletin, Communcationes, got a new look starting with the last issue for 2017. The latest issue is No. 328, available form our Communicationes page. Previous issues are also available for viewing and download from our Communicationes Archive page.

Praesidium Accreditation 2017 - 2022



"The Province recently went through the process of re‐accreditation for Safe Environment through Praesidium, a leading abuse risk management group and the accrediting body for the Men's Religious Orders and congregations. The process requires that an independent team of specialists from Praesidium independently verify that the 2016 Edition of the Praesidium Standards for Accreditation have been met.

Praesidium specialists have thoroughly reviewed our policies, conducted site visits, interviewed members of the Province, including those in formation, our vocation and formation directors, members of the Provincial Council and members of our Review Board.

We are pleased to inform you that the accreditation process has now concluded successfully and that the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, Province of St. Therese has once again been certified as Praesidium AccreditedTM. Our current accreditation will remain in effect for five years, (December 2017 ‐ December 2022) and during this time we will continue to uphold the standards of Accreditation."

Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD
Discalced Carmelites, Province of St. Therese

Sister Margaret Mary OCD



Our deepest condolences go to the Carmelite Nuns of the Jackson Carmel in Mississippi, on the passing of Sr. Margaret Mary Flynn, OCD.

Sr. Margaret Mary was born on December 31, 1929. She was professed in Carmel on February 18, 1951. On January 2, 2018, just two days after her 88th birthday, she passed on to eternal life.

We offer our heartfelt prayers for the repose of the soul of Sr. Margaret Mary and for the Nuns of the Jackson Carmel in their time of grief.

France-England Pilgrimage 2018




Paris | Aylesford, England | London

Sponsored by the Carmelite Institute of America

Accompanied by Fr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm., PhD

April 29 to May 10, 2018

For more information, visit the Carmelite Institute website.
Communicationes No. 326

Communicationes No. 326


The latest issue of the Discalced Carmelite Order's news bulletin, Communicationes is now available.

For older news items, visit the News Archive.