(2020 - 2023)
The Office of the Provincial announces new assignments for the 2020-2023 triennium. New community assignments will be in effect by August 1.
The Discalced Carmelites of the Province of St. Thérèse celebrated the XXXI provincial chapter in the city of Dallas, Texas from May 25 to June 5. A Provincial Chapter takes place every three years and during Chapter meetings the friars evaluate all the aspects of their vocation as Discalced Carmelites.
As mendicant friars they are supposed to move from community to community every three years. It is true that here in our Semi-Province they have not been able to do so every triennium because of their small numbers. However, this triennium most of them are going to make a change. Summer for us here in the Semi-Province will be a time of transition. There will be a lot of changes in the lives of our communities and parishes. Please keep all the friars in your prayers as they begin their new assignments.
The provincial, Fr. Luis Joaquin Castaneda, O.C.D., has made the following changes for our communities:
San Antonio, TX Community
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Thérèse Parish (Little Flower Basilica)
Superior: Fr. Jorge L. Cabrera, O.C.D.
Pastor: Fr. Gregory Ross, O.C.D.
Fr. Raul Reyes, O.C.D.
Fr. Sam Anthony Morello, O.C.D.
Fr. Emmanuel Nnadozie, O.C.D.
In Residence: Fr. Luis Joaquin Castaneda, O.C.D.
Oklahoma City, OK Community
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Thérèse ("Little Flower") Parish
Superior & Pastor: Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, O.C.D.
Parish-Vicar: Fr. Jesus Sancho, O.C.D.
Dallas, TX Community
Mount Carmel Center
Superior: Fr. John Magdalene Suenram, O.C.D.
Fr. Marion Joseph Bui, O.C.D.
Fr. James Anthony Curiel, O.C.D.
St. Mary of Carmel Catholic Church
Pastor: Fr. Jenaro Gonzalez de la Cruz, O.C.D.
Little Rock, AK Community
Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Marylake)
Superior: Fr. Jerome Earley, O.C.D.
Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D.
Fr. Henry Bordeaux, O.C.D.
Fr. Stephen Sanchez, O.C.D.
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July 31, 2020
The feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) is coming up on the 9th of August. Her prayer may be found on ourPrayer page. To learn more about this Carmelite saint, please read her brief biography on Our Saints page. A longer account on her is also available on the Discalced Carmelite Order General Curia website.
Among other works of the lateFr. Elias Friedman, OCD, is a novena (Aug. 1 to Aug. 9) to St. Teresa Benedicta, with historical excerpts and Gospel readings for reflection, followed by short prayers. This novena may be found on the Association of Hebrew Catholics website.
July 22, 2020
The Carmelite Institute of North America invites you to explore the multitude of beneficial resources available on their website.
"CINA serves the Carmelite Family and the greater Church by making available the riches of the Carmelite tradition through our symposia, live-streaming webinars, a Carmelite history course, articles, days of recollection, social media outreach and pilgrimages. We are always on the lookout for valuable resources to share with the entire Carmelite family and new resources are being added all the time as we continue to develop new programs to strengthen, inspire, and support those striving to live "a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ" (Carmelite Rule)."
Visit theCarmelite Institute's website to explore the wealth of resources available to you.
July 19, 2020
The Summer 2020 issue ofFlos Carmeli is available on our Downloads page.
Flos Carmeli is the official newsletter of the Secular Discalced Carmelites of the central U.S. region.
July 8, 2020
The Carmelite Friars at the Little Flower Basilica in San Antonio, Texas will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with Masses and Prayers which will be open to the public and live-streamed. The schedule is as follows:July 15
5 PM – Solemn Vespers
6 PM – Vigil MassJuly 16
6 PM – Solemn Mass
In preparation for the solemnity, please pray theNovena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the Carmelite Friars.
July 3, 2020
The Carmelite Institute of North America presentsHow We Can Speak to the Youth About Carmel on July 11, 2020 at 2pm ET (1pm CT, 11am PT). The presenter will be Fr. Nepi Willemsen, O. Carm.To register and for more information, visit the Carmelite Institute website.
June 25, 2020
On June 24, Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, O.C.D., after having completed the days of isolation since he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the second test was performed and the result was NEGATIVE. Therefore, Fr. Luis, with the medical approval, will resume his activities to finalize the closing of his administration as pastor of our Basilica. Fr. Luis expresses his profound gratitude for your prayers and expressions of affection. He will do so personally in a forthcoming message.
Little Flower Basilica Guidelines to Attend Public Mass
- People feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
- Wear a mask
- Elderly & at-risk persons are encouraged to stay home.
For your safety we are restricted to 100 attendees per Mass
- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of the Basilica.
- Entrance is through the Zarzamora St. doors only.
- Exits are through the Kentucky Ave. doors only.
- Communion will be received in the hand, standing, only.
- Ushers will direct you on where to sit.
- Please observe all signs that are posted for your health and safety.
- Do not leave your seat until directed by an usher.
Reservations for seating not available, please arrive early.
The Little Flower Administration Office is still closed during this time, however, the staff may be reached by email or phone calls.
Thank you for your continued support!
2021 OCDS Congress: Early Bird Registration Begins in October 202005/12//2020
Mark your calendars! Early Bird registration for the OCDS Congress will begin on Oct. 15, 2020 with a specially discounted Early Bird Registration Fee of $300!
The OCDS Congress will be held from Sept. 9 to 12, 2021 at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas. In order to help you prepare for the cost of attending, we’re posting the special room rates for you below:
Special Room Rates* at Omni Houston:
*Special Room Rates are being provided here for budgeting purposes. They are not available to book at this time. A link will be provided closer to Registration.
The speakers will be Fr. Stephen Sancez, OCD (Provincial of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese), Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD (Superior at the Mt. Carmel Center of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese), Jane Thibault, OCDS (Secular Carmelite in the Washington Province).
Please click here for more information and to download the OCDS Congress article in PDF.
Information provided by the Secular Discalced Carmelites of the Province of St. Therese — Oklahoma.
2021 OCDS Congress Note Card Fundraiser05/12//2020
The OCDS Province of St. Therese - Oklahoma is having their first province-wide fundraiser. Each OCDS community will be in charge of gathering orders from each interested member of their community.
OCDS members of the Province can download the instructions here. Please submit orders and payments to your local OCDS community.