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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe


There will be two Masses in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Little Flower Basilica in San Antonio, TX:

December 12 (Wednesday) at 12:00 Noon and at 6:00 PM
Immaculate Conception - painting by Murillo

Immaculate Conception


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Solemnity and a Holy Day of Obligation for the Catholic Church. There will be 2 Masses for this Solemnity at the Little Flower Basilica in San Antonio, TX:

December 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Vigil Solemn Mass (bilingual) with choir.
December 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Elizabeth of the Trinity playing the piano

Elizabeth of the Trinity


On November 8 is the feast day of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Her Prayer to the Trinity can be found on the Prayer page. If you would like to learn more about this Carmelite saint, please click here.

General Definitory Letter - September 2018

General Definitory Letter


The General Definitory Letter (September 2018) is available from the Downloads page.

Portrait of St. Teresa of Avila painted by her relative

St. Teresa


The feast day of our Holy Mother, St Teresa of Jesus, is on October 15. There is a prayer for her intercession and a litany available on our Prayer page.

To learn more about the founder of Discalced Carmelites, visit the St. Teresa of Avila page.

Saint Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese


The feast of the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux (patroness of our Province), is on October 1st. The Novena starts on Saturday, Sept. 22 – you may find the Novena prayers on our Prayer page.

If you want to learn more about our saint, visit the St. Therese of Lisieux page.

Apostolate Magazine - Fall 2018



The Fall 2018 issue of the Apostolate – the official magazine of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in San Antonio, TX – is now available from the Downloads page.

To subscribe to the Apostolate, please visit the Basilica website.

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Communicationes No. 335


The latest issue of the Communicationes is now available. Go to the Communicationes page to read or download your copy.

Live Streaming Webinar - Carmel and the Interior Life

Carmel and the Interior Life


On Satruday, October 20, 2018, the Carmelite Institute will stream a live webinar Carmel and the Interior Life presented by Fr. John Welch, O.Carm.

Our duties in life can leave us scattered and fragmented. Being busy is not the problem. What is missing may be a true center in our lives. St. Augustine confessed to God, “You were inside; I was outside. You were with me; I was not with you.” To have an interior life is to pay attention to the God who accompanies our journey through life.

Carmel’s saints have explored this relationship. They tell us that our lives are a story of God’s mercies. This webinar will identify some of the contributions Carmel’s saints have made to our understanding of an interior life, a spiritual life. Carmel attests to the possibility of having a centered life of prayer which orders and prioritizes all that is “outside.”

To register for this event, please visit the Carmelite Institute website.

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Contemplatives in Action


The Carmelite Institute presents a workshop for the Contemplatives in Action series. The workshop will be held on September 29 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For more information, view the Contemplatives in Action Flyer from our Downloads page.

Marylake Newsletter - August 2018

News from Marylake


The Marylake Newsletter for August 2018 is now available from our Downloads page.

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Flos Carmeli


The Summer issue of Flos Carmeli is now available from our Downloads page.

Santa Maria de la Almudena - small photo

Conclusion of Pilgrimage


Our Provincial's pilgrimage concluded on the 15th of August. He and his fellow pilgrims are now safely back home.

We thank all of you who have been praying for them throughout their journey from France, through the Pyrenees, on the Camino de Santiago, to Santiago de Compostela, to the 'end of the world', to where the Teresian Carmelites began, and on to the capital of Spain.

Read about our pilgrims' last day in Spain and view the last of the photos on page 17 of the Camino.

Monument in Puerta de Sol, Madrid -small photo

Avila to Madrid


Our Provincial and his companions travel from Avila to Madrid on the 14th of August.

View more photos and read the account of their last morning in Avila, a side trip to El Escorial, and their arrival in Spain's capital city on page 16 of the Camino.

Zero km marker at Finesterre

The "End of the World"


On a foggy day on August 12, our pilgrims find their way to Finestera–the "end of the world" as the ancient Romans believed it to be. From there, they travel by car on to Avila.

Follow our pilgrims from the "end of the world" to the beginnings of Teresian Carmel in Avila on page 14 of the Camino.

Statue of Santiago on horseback

Touring Santiago


Fr. Stephen and companions finally get to tour Santiago de Compostela–one tour of the older part of the city and another of the cathedral and its cloisters.

Our American pilgrims try to adapt to some Spanish customs like siesta (easy) and late dinners and bedtime (not as easy).

Find out how the tours went on page 14 of the Camino.

Chilly morning in Santiago de Compostela

The Feast of St. Lawrence in Santiago de Compostela


On the feast of St. Lawrence (deacon and martyr), August 10th, Fr. Stephen concelebrated at the cathedral with the Archbishop as the principal celebrant. Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter assisted the archbishop during mass.

Our pilgrims were up early that day, in search of tours–they found out how challenging it can be.

In case you're wondering why the entries are several days behind, it is due to the difficulty our pilgrims have in finding a good WiFi connection in Spain.

Visit p13 of the Camino for the latest entry and photos from our Provincial.

Carmelite nuns

Santiago de Compostela on the Feastday of St. Teresa Benedicta


A couple of days after reached their destination, our pilgrims were able to relax a little and to visit the Carmelite nuns on the 9th of August, feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).

They were also able to attend an English mass at the cathedral and, to everyone's amazement, witness the Botafumeiro being swung overhead.

Visit page 13 of the Camino to read about their feastday experiences and view the accompanying photos.

View of Santiago de Compostela from the minor seminary

Destination Reached: Santiago de Compostela


Thanks to those of you who have been following and praying for our Provincial, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago–they made it safely to the destination.

Visit page 12 of the Camino to read about their post-hiking experience on Aug. 8 and view the latest photos.

Cathedral spires of Santiago in the distance

Finally: Armenal to Compostela


On Aug. 7, our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims, Deacon Ron and Deacon Peter, set out from Armenal to Compostela. Even though it was a shorter distance, it involved a rather steep hike up and down hills.

Visit page 12 of the Camino to see how our pilgrims fared and see photos of the sights along the way.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Azúa

Amazing Grace in Azúa and Dense Fog to Armenal


Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims reach Azúa on the 5th and travel on to Armenal on the 6th. They get nearer to their final destination of Compostela but each step doesn't get any easier. Nevertheless, the determined trio travel on.

Go to page 11 of the Camino to read the latest entries and view the newest photos.

Long, dark and narrow way

The long, dark, and narrow way


The 4th of August saw our pilgrims leave Ventas de Narón. Traversing a long, dark, and narrow (not to mention steep and rocky in places) way, enveloped in dense fog, our Provincial (offering prayers and sacrifices for vocations to our Province and for spiritual directees) and his fellow pilgrims plow on.

Read Fr. Stephen's Aug. 4th account of their, at times, treacherous trek and marvel at the surprises of beauty and of giant ants along the way on the Camino.

Yellow dirt road to Ventas de Narón

Yellow dirt (not brick) road


The latest entries by Fr. Stephen have our pilgrims traversing the northwestern Galician region of Spain from the beginning of the last phase of the Camino in Sarria. Along the way, they made stops at Mercadoiro and Portomarín, passed through Castromaior, arriving at Ventas de Narón on the 3rd of August.

Follow our pilgrims and read about their experience of the surrounding agrarian communities and their friendly encounters with other pilgrims, a welcoming dog, and some insects on page 9 and page 10 of the Camino.

Benedictine monastery - view from the trail

Less sleep but more steps


The last phase of the Camino lies ahead of our pilgrims. Along the way are more villages–more hilly and rocky trails to traverse, not to mention other challenges. Nevertheless, consolations are not lacking and Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims remain grateful for the blessings the Lord continues to bestow as they journey the Camino. See the latest entry and newest photos on page 9.


Nogales to Triacastela–how long?


Fr. Stephen arrived in Nogales with fellow pilgrims, Deacon Peter and Deacon Ron. Their goal this time is to reach Triacastela from Nogales.

They meet other pilgrims along the way – men, women, young and old. Read about some of these pilgrim encounters and see the latest photos from July 31 on page 8 of the Camino.

Pilgrims Cross near Astorga

Tedium and Grace


Our weary road warrior remains a staunch prayer warrior. Fr. Stephen and fellow pilgrims make it on foot to Astorga. There, they plan for the best strategy to take on the last stage of their pilgrimage. They have to reach Santiago de Compostela on August 9 but they have more kilometers ahead than they can trek in the remaining time. So, a good strategy is essential. To learn more about how things are going on the Camino, visit page 8 and read Fr. Stephen's latest entry with new photos.

Villar de Mazarife

25km Farther on Foot


Our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims left the city of León on the 29th, walking the 25km (15.53 miles) distance to Villar de Mazarife, a small village in the autonomous region of Castile and León.

Find out who they meet along the way on page 7 of the Camino.

Leon Cathedral exterior

How many stops to Leon?


Over the weekend, while we may have been resting, running errands, or doing house chores, Fr. Stephen and his fellow pilgrims finally reached Leon. Not counting the many short stops between the major stops, it took one major stop forward, one major stop back, and one longer major stop forward to get there.

Find out what it took for our pilgrims to make it to Leon without losing more time – read the latest entries from the Camino and view new photos of the sights along The Way.

San Esteban church in Burgos

Sleepless in Burgos


Not exactly none the worse for wear, our pilgrims reached Castrojeriz yesterday. Seeking advice about the best route to take them more quickly to their destination, they were advised to go… where???

Find out what new challenges our Provincial and his fellow pilgrims face on page 6 of Camino de Santiago.

Monument to El Cid in Burgos

Camino de Santiago–New page and Table of Contents


We received more entries and photos this morning from Fr. Stephen, coming at the heels of those received yesterday. They can be found on page 5 of the Camino de Santiago.

Our Provincial snatches whatever opportunity he can to send us entries and photos–despite the arduous character of the journey, battling hunger and thirst, enduring aches and pains and fatigue, and whatever vicissitudes of the pilgrim's way.

Onward still, our pilgrims go–making time for prayer wherever The Way takes them.

To make it easier for you to navigate the pages, we added a Table of Contents near the top of every Camino de Santiago page. Please visit often to check out the latest.


The 'Uneasy' Way


Today is the feast of St. James whose shrine at Compostela is the destination of many pilgrims, our Provincial among them.

As the Camino continues to present challenges, our stalwart pilgrims plow on faithfully.

Visit page 3 of Camino de Santiago – read the latest accounts of our pilgrims' progress and view the newest photos from Fr. Stephen.

Please continue to pray for Fr. Stephen and his companions. St. James, pray for us and all pilgrims!

Update: 1) Photo of what Fr. Stephen refers to as 'Our Lady of the Pyrenees' is now on the Camino de Santiago's main page, 2) Even more photos and entries on page 4 of Camino de Santiago have been added! 3) Erratum: the entry for July 22nd which was previously posted on a wrong date has been corrected. Forgive the error–the text was received undated and got confused for a different date.

Pilgrims on The Way

Pilgrims on The Way


We have more from Fr. Stephen as he and his fellow pilgrims journey on The Way.

More photos have been added to his July 17th entry. His entry for July 18th and accompanying photos can also be found on page 2 of Camino de Santiago.

Gentle Breezes - Summer 2018

Gentle Breezes


The Summer issue of our Province's newsletter, is now available. Please visit the Gentle Breezes page.

Pilgrims on Alto de Erro

The Latest from Camino de Santiago


Fr. Stephen had sent us a burst of photos and more accounts of his pilgrimage. Among them are more photos taken on July 16th and his entry and more photos for the 17th.

There are more photos and entries to come, so make sure to check here for new entries.

Santiago de Compostela Shrine

Fr. Provincial's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


On Friday, July 13–a day of good omen—our Fr. Provincial, Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, left for Spain, with a few comrades, to begin the 500-mile trek from southern France, across the Pyrenees and northern Spain, to the the shrine at Santiago de Compostela. [See the photo on the left to get a sense of the worthiness of this destination.]

Fr. Stephen has agreed to send photos as he makes daily progress along the way of his pilgrimage. We’ll be posting them regularly on this site. Thus, you can follow him along the way. He will be praying for Carmel, especially our Province—the nuns, the friars, and the Seculars. We can pray for him.

Visit our Camino de Santiago page to check out Fr. Stephen's progress.

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Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Each year on July 16th, Carmelites all over the world celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Therese in San Antonio, TX, the feast was celebrated with a solemn Mass followed by a gathering of the Friars and parishioners.

A recording of the homily given at the Mass by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD, is available for listening on the Audio Central page.

Communicationes No. 333

Communicationes No. 333

  • The Feminine Teresian Carmel in Chile
  • The Presence of Carmel in Zambia is Growing
  • Presentation of the Commission for History
  • Situation of Carmel in Venezuela
  • Fr. Saverio in the 2018 Synod
  • World Day for Carmelite Youth
  • Bangui, wounded and in need of Heroes
Fr. Raphael Kitz, OCD - reading

In Memoriam


Our beloved Fr. Raphael (Richard) Kitz, OCD, has passed away on June 10, 2018.

Fr. Raphael has touched many people with his compassion and has helped many with his prayer, wisdom, and depth of soul. He will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him. Our Province asks for your prayers in this time of grief.

To read more about Fr. Raphael and the schedule for the vigil and funeral, please visit our In Memoriam page.

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Communicationes No. 332

  • 450 Years of the Foundation of Malagón (the third foundation of St. Teresa)
  • Chair of Carmelite Studies at the Catholic University of America
  • Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, Superior General, is visiting the Iberian Province
  • The Reading of our Constitutions
  • German Province OCD: Ongoing Formation Week
  • Formation Seminar for OCDS – Sicily
Go to the Communicationes page to download your copy.
Communicationes No. 331

Communicationes No. 331

  • The Death of the Sculptor Banancio Blanco
  • Fr. Saverio at the Teresianum Community's Feast Day
  • Ordinations to the Diaconate
  • Fr. Silverio of St. Teresa
  • Beatification of "Chiquitunga"
  • Venice Province Visits the Croatioan Province
  • The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Panama will Prepare Hosts for the World Youth Day
  • Holy Week in Jequitinhonha Valley
Go to the Communicationes page to download your copy.
Flos Carmeli Spring 2018

Flos Carmeli


The Spring issue of Flos Carmeli is available from our Downloads page.

Communicationes No. 330

Communicationes No. 330

  • IPCI General Assembly in India
  • News from the Timor Mission
  • Indian Nuns with Fr. General and the Definitor
  • A Belated Christmas and Dreams as Big as Trees
  • OCDS Provincial meeting in Bari and Maddaloni
  • Review of the Constitutions. Italian OCD Meeting
Go to the Communicationes page to download your copy.
New Photos - 2017 OCDS Congress

More Photos


There are new photo additions from the 2017 OCDS Congress.

Visit our 2017 OCDS Congress page to view them.

Communicationes No. 329

Communicationes No. 329

  • Fr. Eulogio Pacho has Died
  • New General Delegate OCD in Stella Maris
  • Fr. Silvano Giordano, Consultor to the Congregation of Causes for the Saints
  • Extended Provincial Council for the OCDS Province "France-SUD"
  • St. John of the Cross in Egypt
  • Meeting of European Formators
Go to the Communicationes page to download your copy.
Fr. Raul, OCD - Mt. Carmel Center Dallas

We Need Your Help


The Discalced Carmelite Fathers of Dallas have received the mission to teach and preach the way to enter deeper into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Our call is an 'ecclesial' call, a communal call, a call to form a family of believers that continues to trust in the Apostolic truth that has been faithfully handed on to us.

As a mendicant (begging), religious order we rely on the generosity of our donors. We receive no direct financial support from any Diocese. We need your personal and financial support to continue in our mission.

Would you be able and willing to help us on a monthly basis? Your monthly gift of $25 or $50 or more will help us tremendously. Whatever the amount of your gift, it is greatly appreciated and will be carefully stewarded.

St. Teresa and the Gift of Friendship

Day of Recollection


On Saturday, June 16, 2018, a day of recollection entitled St. Teresa and the Gift of Friendship will be presented by Fr. Stephen Watson, OCD at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ.

To register and for more information, please visit the Carmelite Institute of North America website.

Weekly Reflections for Lent

Are You Ready for Lent?


Mount Carmel Center sends out a weekly reflection for Lent via email.

Check your inbox each Friday during Lent for a short reflection by the Discalced Carmelite Friars on the upcoming Sunday's Gospel.

Please use these reflections as food for prayer and as a way to prepare yourself for Sunday Mass.

Register to get the weekly reflections from Mt. Carmel Center.

Carmelite Online Retreat - Lent 2018

Carmelite Online Retreat


Prepare yourself for the coming Lent together with the Discalced Carmelites.

This online retreat is free of charge. This year, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614‐1691) ‐ our Carmelite brother from Paris ‐ will accompany us.

To learn more and to register for free, visit the Carmelite Online Retreat website.

Flos Carmeli - Winter 2018

Flos Carmeli


The Winter 2018 issue of Flos Carmeli is now available.

To download your copy, please visit the Downloads page.

Live Webinar - Living Out Our Call of Allegiance

Live Lenten Webinar


The Carmelite Rule calls a person to "Live in allegiance to Jesus Christ with a pure heart and stout conscience." As members of the Carmelite Family we have accepted this as our call.

Now, that question is 'How do we live out that call to allegiance in our
daily lives?" This talk will address tools for discernment from within the Carmelite tradition and why we need to cultivate and utilize these tools as it relates to our prayer and ministerial lives.

Discernment in the Carmelite Tradition: Living Out Our Call of Allegiance
Presented by Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
2 p.m. Eastern
For more information, visit the Carmelite Institute's website.
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.


Gentle Breezes – Advent 2017

Gentle Breezes


The Advent 2017 issue of Gentle Breezes is now available.

Communicationes No. 325 and No. 324


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

Elizabeth of the Trinity as a young woman

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity


St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized in October 2016 by Pope Francis. Her feast day is on November 8. Her Prayer to the Trinity may be found on the Prayer page.

If you would like to learn more about this beloved saint, please visit Our Saints page.

Photo courtesy of the Carmel of Dijon/Flavignerot, France.
Discalced Carmelite Calendar

Discalced Carmelite Calendar


We have a new Calendar of Discalced Carmelite feasts. You may avail of it here as an aid in planning liturgy, community celebrations, and in your private devotions to the Carmelite saints.

St. Teresa inspired by the Holy Spirit

St. Teresa of Avila


The feast of St. Teresa is on October 15. A prayer through her intercession and a litany to her can be found on our Prayer page. For a brief biography on her and some of our Carmelite saints, please visit Our Saints page.

Letter from the 2017 Extraordinary Definitory

Letter from the 2017 General Extraordinary Definitory


The Letter from the General Extraordinary Definitory is now available from the Downloads page.

2017 General Extraordinary Definitory

Final Document of the General Extraordinary Definitory OCD


The General Extraordinary Definitory took place in the town of Ariccia (southeast metropolitan Rome) from August 29 to Setember 6, 2017. The final document entitled, “Walking On with Determination” The Teresian Carmel Before the Call to Renewal is now available from the Downloads page.

Communicationes No. 323


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


Some Questions for Young People


Some Questions for Young People is one of the homilies given by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD, during one of the nights of the novena of masses in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Little Rock, AR last July. Some people who attended asked Fr. Bonaventure for a copy of the questions. Two worked in youth ministry – one of them a youth ministry director for the diocese of Little Rock.

A copy of the homily in PDF format is now available from our Downloads page.

Save the Date - Basilica National Shrine of St. Therese

Save the Date


The feast of St. Therese, patron saint of our Province, is coming up on Oct.1st. The Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Therese in San Antonio, TX has a series of events leading up to her feast:

St. Therese Novena
Sept. 22 -29
Sung Mass - 6:00 pm

Transit of St. Therese
Sept. 30 - 5:00 pm
Vigil Mass - 5:30 pm

Feast of St. Therese
Oct. 1, 2017
Bilingual Mass - 12:00 Noon

For more details and other events at the Basilica, please visit their website.

Fr. Stephen Sanchez OCD Provincial

New Superior at Mount Carmel Center


Dear Friends,

In May of this year I was elected Provincial of the Oklahoma Province. This means that most of my time will be devoted to overseeing the health of the Province and its Friars for the next three years. This will often require me to travel to the various houses of the Province among other commitments. As a result, I will no longer be Superior at Mount Carmel Center. While I will still reside at Mount Carmel Center, I will not be a part of its active ministry due to these responsibilities.

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD, the new Superior of Mount Carmel Center. Fr. Raul comes to us from recently serving the people of San Antonio at our National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese. He now welcomes the opportunity to minister and serve in Dallas. Mount Carmel Center will be in good hands under his leadership and guidance. Please show him the kind of love and support you have so generously shown me over the last 15 years.

Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to learn and adjust to my new role. I have valued your friendship and support tremendously over the last 15 years that I have been Superior of Mount Carmel Center.

In Him,

Very Rev. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, Provincial

Fr. Raul Reyes OCD Mount Carmel Center Superior

Meet Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD, the New Superior at Mount Carmel Center


Fr. Raul was born and raised in Uvalde, TX, in 1942. After high school, Fr. Raul joined the Carmelites and made his novitiate in Marylake in Little Rock, AR. He studied at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and after four years went to Washington, DC where he finished his studies. He was ordained a priest in 1969. For the last three years, Fr. Raul was in San Antonio at our National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese.

Upcoming Programs at Mount Carmel Center

Transformation in the Spiritual Life

Sept. 20th or 23rd with Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD

In the spiritual life any transformation or transition that an individual undergoes is first of all the work of God. God works through each individual, however, the individual must collaborate with God. For example, in the Old Testament God called Abraham and he responded.

The Davidic Kingdom and the Promise of the Messiah

October 11th or 14th with Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD

The promise of the Eternal Kingdom was given to King David in response to his generous offer to build a house of cedar for God. At an appropriate time God responded and sent the Messiah who comes as Savior to us all; the promise given and fulfilled.

The Prophet Elijah

November 8th or 11th with the Very Rev. Stephen Sanchez, OCD

We will be examining the importance of the figure of Elijah and his call to integrity in a time of political expediency and religious syncretism*. Model for today?
* mixture of ideas or beliefs

Our Lady; One Like Us

December 6th or 9th with Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD

As we prepare for the coming of the Lord, we turn to Our Lady. She shows us by her participation in the life of her Son how we can imitate her life. Just as she was united with her Son in the events of His life, so may we be as well.

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

Carmelite Institute Live Webinar 2017

Live Webinar - Rescheduled


The Carmelite Institute webinar entitled The Rule and the Unique Charism of Carmel has been rescheduled to take place on Oct. 14, 2017 – 2pm EST.

The presentor will be Br. Patrick Mullins, O.CARM. It will be an exploration of the charismatic identity of Carmelites as hermit-brother-friars in St. Albert’s Formula of Life and in the Carmelite Rule.

For more information and to register for this live event, please visit the Carmelite Institute's website.

Pope Francis at St. Peter

World Day of Prayer Joint Message


In 2015, Pope Francis declared September 1st as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In August of this year, the Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint message on the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The joint message is available from our Downloads page.

Eye of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Harvey landed as a category 4 hurricane and continued 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, was the hardest hit.

Click here for more content on Hurricane Harvey.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Prayers for Hurricane Season


Throughout the history of New Orleans, people have sought the intercession of Our Lady when the city faced dangers, in times of various calamities, and during periods of recovery after natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

The archdiocese of New Orleans where the Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor is located, has several prayers for the hurricane season. If you would like a copy of these prayers, please visit our Prayer page.

Photo on the left by SICDAMNOME (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
forest trees new growth

Symposium Talk


Witnessing to an Integral Ecology in Carmel was a talk presented by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD at the Carmelite Symposium which was held from June 25 to 29 this year at Loyola University in Chicago. The text for this talk is now available in 2-part PDF files from our Downloads page.

Gentle Breezes - summer 2017

Gentle Breezes


The Summer 2017 issue of Gentle Breezes is now available.

grave with trees

Conjuring up the Eternal – Part 3


The latest post on Blog Central, Conjuring Up the Eternal – Part 3 of 7 on Poet and Contemplative blog, is now available for viewing.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah


The latest post on Blog Central, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah on OCDS Central blog, is now available for viewing.

Our Lady and Jesus

Marian Reflection


The latest post on Blog Central, Marian Reflection on RHAPSODEE blog, is now available for viewing.

Flos Carmeli 2017 Summer

Flos Carmeli – Summer Issue


The Summer issue of Flos Carmeli is now available from our Downloads page.

Little Rock Carmel Blog

New Carmelite Blog


The Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Little Rock, AR has added a blog to their website. You can view it by clicking here.

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Book of Poems


The Raw Stillness of Heaven is a book of poems on prayer, conversion, and faith written by Tim Bete, OCDS.

Tim Bete is a Secular Disclaced Carmelite in Dayton, OH. He is one of the contributors to the OCDS Central Blog and he is also the author of his own blog, Gray Rising.

To learn more about the book, visit Gray Rising. The book is available from Amazon.com in print or in Kindle format.

Sister Miriam of the Mystical Body

In Memoriam – Sister Miriam of the Mystical Body


On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Sister Miriam of the Mystical Body (Mary Julia Seelaus) passed away.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, and the second of eight children, she is survived by her older sister, Sister Anne of the Immaculate Heart (Margaret Seelaus).

Sister Miriam spent most of her life serving God and the Church as a Discalced Carmelite Nun. She made her First Profession of Vows in 1950 and her Solemn Profession in 1953. Her Golden Jubilee was celebrated with an outdoor Mass in Covington Carmel in the year 2000.

People who were fortunate enough to have met Sister Miriam were always greeted by her smiling face. Those who knew her well will always remember her kindness and prayerful support. She will surely be missed by many.

The Mass of Christian Burial took place on June 30, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the Guardian Angel Chapel of the Carmelite Monastery in Covington, LA, followed by interment at St. Joseph Abbey Cemetery.

With deepest sympathy, our condolences go to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Covington. May the soul of Sister Miriam and all of our departed brothers and sisters, through God's mercy, rest in peace.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel


The Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is on July 16. Those of you who happen to live near a Carmelite community or parish may have plans to go to a preached novena of Masses in honor of Our Lady. For those of you who do not have such an opportunity, we have some novenas that you may choose from to help prepare for Our Lady's feast. Go to the Prayer page to download a novena of your choice.

Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Therese - San Antonio TX

Schedule for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in San Antonio, TX has the following schedule for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

Novena - July 7-15 5:30pm Sung Mass

Vigil Mass - Saturday, July 15

5:00pm Solemn First Vespers

6:00pm Vigil Mass

Solemn Mass (Sung Masses)

Sunday, July 16

8:00am (English), 10:00am (Spanish),

12:00pm (English), & 6:30pm (Spanish)

There will be NO 1:00 pm Mass.

For more information, visit the Basilica's website.


Conjuring Up the Eternal


Read the latest blog post, Conjuring Up the Eternal – Part I on the Poet and Contemplative Blog.

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Website Migration


Our website is being migrated to this domain. We are also applying technical updates to meet the requirements and demands of newer devices, and to prepare for emerging technology. As a result, there may be changes in the website's structure and some of its page layouts. The whole process will continue for several more weeks.

Please bear with us as we work toward finishing the process. Thank you very much for your patience and your continued viewership. Have a safe and pleasant summer season.

Communicationes 321 PDF

Communicationes No. 321

  • Presence in the Mission in Odisha Stretching Back Over 25 Years
  • A Marian Congress in Fatima, Portugal
  • Holy Week in Egypt Begins with the Blood of Martyrs
  • OCDS Provincial Chapter, Colombia
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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.
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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.

Holy Thursday 2017 at the Basilica in San Antonio

Holy Thursday at the Basilica

Photos taken during Holy Thursday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thérèse are now available for viewing here.
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International Marian Congress

This year marks the Centennial of Our Lady of the Rosary, of Fatima. In honor of our Blessed Mother, the Carmelite family will hold an International Marian Congress entitled Mary the Mother of Carmel. This event will take place from the 15th to the 17th of September 2017, in Fatima, Portugal.

To learn more about this event, download the official schedule and the official poster from our Downloads page.

OCDS Easter Greeting 2017

An Easter Greeting to the Secular Discalced Carmelites of the Oklahoma Province

The Provincial Council of the Secular Discalced Carmelites of our Province sends this greeting to all of their sisters and brothers.
Savannah Carmel

Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery


The Carmel of Savannah, Georgia was founded 55 years ago. The nuns are dedicated in their life of prayer and support themselves materially through manual work like Altar Bread making.

Currently, they are trying to raise much-needed funds for their building project. Their accommodations consist of uninsulated dormitories in cinder-block construction, limited in space appropriate for a monastery, and costly to maintain.

Please keep them in your prayers and, if you are able, consider making a donation. Their newsletter which includes forms for Prayer Intentions and Donations can be downloaded here. If you would like to learn more about the nuns, you can visit their website here.

Holy Week Schedule for Dallas and Oklahoma

Holy Week Schedule for Dallas and Oklahoma City

The Holy Week Schedule for St. Mary of Carmel in Dallas, TX and for Little Flower Church in Oklahoma City, OK can be downloaded here.
Basilica Holy Week 2017

Holy Week at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thérèse

Starting with the Parish Lenten Retreat on Saturday, April 8, the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thérèse has a full schedule of Masses, Adoration of the Cross and Communion Service, and Morning Prayer throughout Holy Week until Easter Sunday.
Download their full schedule here. For more information on the Basilica, visit their website here.
Encounter and Share - a Lenten Invitation

A Lenten Invitation

FOCUS, a Catholic collegiate outreach geared towards college and university students, invites young people to Encounter & Share: A Lenten Invitation. It is a weekly Facebook Live event featuring Catholic speakers, and takes place every Sunday of this Lenten season.
For more information, visit the
FOCUS website.
Communicationes 320 PDF

Communicationes No. 320

In this issue of Communicationes:
  • Floods in Peru
  • St Joseph’s Sanctuary of the Carmelite Friars in Poznan Made a Minor Basilica
  • The Discalced Carmelites in Tangiers (Morocco)
Download the latest issue here.
Teresianum Periodicals Online

Teresianum Periodical Online

The periodical of the Teresianum Pontifical Theological Faculty is now available online via a search engine - a research tool for finding periodical articles since 1947. Full texts are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Latin.

For further information on how the search engine works, read
Communicationes No. 319, page 2.

The search engine can be accessed on this page.
Communicationes 319

Communicationes No. 319

The latest issue of Communicationes is now available.
DVD order form

Video Recording and Book

A 10-DVD video recording of the Carmelite Directors of Formation Program (May 27 to June 2, 2012) is now available for purchase.

Also available for purchase is a new publication:
St Teresa of Avila: A Transformational Leader by Fr. Mathew Azhakath, OCD. Fr. Matthew received his Ph.D. in Leadership and Administration from Fordham University, USA.

Please click here to download the order form.

In Memoriam

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Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD

Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD, a friar of our Province, died in the afternoon of the feast of the Epiphany, January 8, 2017. He was at Marylake, the house he most loved, where he was serving as superior. It was a sudden heart attack that took him. None of us expected it. Thus, it descends on us like a bird of prey. Read more…
OCD Definitory Letter 2016 December

Letter from the General Definitory

A letter from the Order of the Discalced Carmelites General Definitory summarizing its meeting earlier last month is available from the Downloads page.
He Who Dwells - Day of Recollection
He Who Dwells - Day of Recollection

Day of Recollection
Presented by
Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD
Saturday, February 18, 2017

St. Theresa Catholic Church
6622 Haskell Street
Houston, TX 77007

8:30 - 9:30 Registration
9:45 - 10:40 Conference
11:00 Eucharist
12:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:00 Conference

To register or for more information, please contact the
Carmelite Institute of North America:
PH (202) 526-1221

Carmelite Symposium 2017

Carmelite Symposium Update

The program for the 2017 Carmelite Symposium – Pope Francis Points the Way for Carmel – has changed. An additional speaker, Fr. Matt Malone, SJ (President and Editor of America Magazine), will speak on “Pope Francis, The Jesuit”.

Archbisoph Blase Cupic, who has been elevated to the College of Cardinals, will preside over the symposium’s opening Mass.

Register online by clicking on this link.

You may also
download the updated symposium program from our Downloads page.

Communicationes No. 317

The latest issue of Communicationes (the Order’s Newsletter) is now available for viewing and download.
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Christmas Greetings from the OCDS General Secretary

Fr. Alzinir Debastiani, OCD, sends Christmas Greetings to the OCDS of the Central U.S. Province.
To read the letter, please visit the Downloads page.
Bishop Gregory Homeming OCD

Pope Francis Appoints a Carmelite Friar as Bishop of Lismore

On Dec. 20, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Gregory Homeming O.C.D, (Regional Vicar of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Sydney, Australia) as the sixth Bishop of Lismore after accepting the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett who served the Diocese of Lismore for the past 15 years.