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The Year of Consecrated Life

Last fall when we learned that contemplatives were also invited to participate in a special program of activities organized by CIVCSVA for the conclusion of the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life on the 2nd of February 2016, to the great surprise of contemplative nuns, we were invited to participate! In Rome! Each Federation or Association was invited to send their President and a companion
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Only God Can Make a Tree

        If you look out the window of the guest quarters at the Jackson Carmel--in Jackson, MS, that is, in case you're wondering--you'll see standing there on the lawn in front of you a truly magnificent oak tree, assuredly ancient, although quite well preserved, a breathlessly beautiful creature, if ever there was one.  Massive in height and width, it spreads
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General Chapter - Saturday, May 16

          I suspect that some of you back home who, from time to time, are checking in on this blog are members of the Secular Order--and maybe even, on top of that, happily, proudly Seculars of my own humble province of Oklahoma. Therefore, you are among those who have the privilege, although you might not think of it that way, of knowing me as your Provincial
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General Chapter - Tuesday, May 5

          I have yet to adjust to the time change here, which is a 7-hour difference. Thus, I want to sleep in the day and wake at night, like Dracula himself. But this morning the General gave his report to the Chapter, his "State of the Order Report." And though my mind drifted on occasion, and the General's voice sounded every now and then like distant
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OCDS Regional Congress in Atlanta

Written by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD  From Thursday, August 21, through Sunday, August 24, of this year, our Province hosted an OCDS—or Discalced Carmelite Secular Order—Congress in Atlanta, GA. A little over 200 Seculars from mostly our Province, but also from elsewhere in the country, attended. We hope in time to post a write up on the Congress. For now, to whet your appetite, here
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XXIX Provincial Chapter

Written by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCDFrom May 26 to June 6, 2014 we, the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Oklahoma Province of St. Thérèse, had our 29th Provincial Chapter in our monastery in Oklahoma City. It was a time of grace in which we prayed, reflected, and worked as a community, examining our life and vocation in order to better respond to the call of God in our present circumstances.    
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Altar Servers Appreciation Day – Little Flower Basilica

 Written by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCDOn Sunday May 18, our Pastor and Superior––Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte, and Fr. Gregory Ross––our Vocations Director, offered the altar servers of Little Flower Basilica a well deserved recognition for the wonderful service they have provided in our liturgies, particularly during this past Holy Week. All the servers were invited to
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