Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse


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Communicationes 321 PDF

Communicationes No. 321

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Photo of Pope Francis

Letter to Young People from Pope Francis


The 15th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in October 2018 with the topic “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” On January 18 of this year, the Preparatory Document was presented as a guideline for next year's assembly. The Pope also wrote a letter addressing young people.

To read the letter, please go to our Downloads page.

Carmelite nuns with Fr. General and Fr. Rafal

National Meeting of Carmelite Nuns


From April 25 to 27, 2017, a national meeting of Carmelite Nuns was held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Read the full article and see more photos on Terre Haute Carmel's website.

Pope Francis

Letter of Encouragement from Pope Francis


Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Chicago, encouraging all people, especially young people, to strive for non-violence.

The letter, in English and Spanish versions, is available from our Downloads page.
Photo by Jeffrey Bruno from New York City, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Instruments of Reconciliation

An Appeal to the Catholic Church


In April of last year, the Rome Conference issued “Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.”

In the United States, May 2017 has been designated as U.S. Catholics’ month for active participation in nonviolence.

Key dates in May include: May 3 – anniversary of The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response (1983), the Bishop’s pastoral letter. May 8 – birthday for Daniel Berrigan (b. 1921) and Sophie Scholl (b. 1921). May 20 – Feast of Austrian conscientious objector and martyr Franz Jagerstatter who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

Read the document Instruments of Reconciliation to find out ways you can participate in the National Campaign to Amplify Active Nonviolence in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Little Flower Church

New Website


The Little Flower Church in Oklahoma City, a parish under the ministry of our Friars, has a new website. Please visit their website here.

Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD

We Have a New Provincial


Congratulations to Fr. Stephen Sanchez – the newly elected Provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Province of St. Thérèse. Currently the superior at Mt. Carmel Center in Dallas, Fr. Stephen will begin his new role and take on his new responsibilities on the 22nd of May 2017 – the beginning of our Provincial Chapter.

To learn more about our new Provincial, you can read a brief biography of Fr. Stephen here.

OCDS Congress 2017

OCDS Regional Congress


In November of this year, the Secular Discalced Carmelites will have the 2017 OCDS Regional Congress in San Antonio, TX. To learn more about the event, visit their website here.

We also have a prayer for the event available on our Prayer page.

Flos Carmeli - Spring 2017 front page

Flos Carmeli


The Spring issue of Flos Carmeli is now available. Visit the Downloads page to get your copy.

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