Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse

Hurricane Season 2017

How to Help 
09/26/2017

The hurricane season is far from over yet devastating blows have already been dealt by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in such a short span of time. While Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were still recovering from the onslaught of hurricane Irma, hurricane Maria thwarted those efforts and dealt more devastating blows to both territories.

All of these hurricane devastated places need much help and, for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the needs are great and time-critical. If you or anyone you know are capable of lending a hand – materially or by volunteering – we encourage you to explore the links below.

American Red Cross:
Catholic Charities
Other Links for Resources and Information
Update on New Caney Carmel 
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09/02/2017

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns in New Caney are safe. They lost power and water supply for two days but those utilities are back now and the nuns continue to do well. Thank you for all your prayers.

Houston Flooded 
Houston flood - Hurrican Harvey 2017

Downtown Houston flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Editorial credit: All Stock Photos / Shutterstock.com

09/02/2017

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding of downtown Houston and other areas in southeast Texas. The storm continued to devastate parts of western Louisiana and let fall enormous amounts of rain, causing significant flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee – including the Nashville metro area. In northern Alabama, multiple tornadoes where reported last Thursday, destroying homes in the city of Reform.

As flood waters continue to slowly recede, help for the victims has been ongoing through the heroic acts of people helping their neighbors, friends and, for the most part, complete strangers.

The American Red Cross reports that more than 42,000 people are in shelters across Texas and some 1,500 more in Louisiana.

Update on OCDS Community in Huffman, TX 
08/30/2017

Members of the OCDS community of The Most Holy Trinity in Huffman, TX have all been accounted for. Some have been evacuated and some have stayed in their homes. As of the last communication we received today, everyone is safe. A few have minor irritations caused by the flooding. Of those who have said they are safe, some are still in areas where waters may continue to rise. We are fervently praying for their safety and everyone affected by the storm and the flooding. Please continue to pray for them. Thank you.

Prayers Needed 
08/29/2017
We have four OCDS communities in the area of Houston and one Carmel of nuns. They all ask your prayers for both them and the many thousands of Houstonians suffering at this time.
St. Ignatius Loyola Church - Spring TX
St. Ignatius Loyola Church - Spring, TX
There is no longer any sight of land or road around the church, and reachable only by boat.
Photo courtesy of Msgr. Norbert Maduzia, pastor.
Houston suburb flooding
One block from a Secular Carmelite's home.
The two images above were sent by a Secular Carmelite in the Houston area who says the damage and flooding are like a post-apocalyptic nightmare. A quote from her email follows:

… distressing conditions here in the Houston area, but even the news media cannot relay just how terrible things are. I am calling the event "I've never seen this before" for that is truly how it is. We are truly in a unique event with this Harvey - and yet it could have been worse.

Please ask all our Carmelite family for prayers… we, are fervently praying for mercy. In fact, the Psalm for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time is what has sung through my heart over and over since I attended the vigil Mass (almost all Sunday Masses in our archdiocese were cancelled).

"Lord, your love is eternal, do not forsake the work of your hands." Psalm 138

Thank you.

Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS

Psalm 138
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you,
I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth's kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord's ways:
"How great is the glory of the Lord?"

The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of affliction
you give me life and frustrate my foes.

You stretch out your hand and save me,
your hand will do all things for me.
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.
Psalm 138
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you,
I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.

All earth's kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord's ways:
"How great is the glory of the Lord?"

The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of affliction
you give me life and frustrate my foes.

You stretch out your hand and save me,
your hand will do all things for me.
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.
Hurricane Harvey Landfall 
Eye of Hurricane Harvey
08/29/2017
Hurricane Harvey landed as a category 4 hurricane and continues to move slowly, wreaking much havoc and devastation. By now, everyone knows that Texas, where it made landfall and where it continued to let fall unprecedented amounts of rain, is the hardest hit.