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Final Document of the General Extraordinary Definitory OCD10/02/2017
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.
Some Questions for Young People09/26/2017
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.
Save the Date09/23/2017
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
New Superior at Mount Carmel Center09/19/2017
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.
Very Rev. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, Provincial
Meet Rev. Raul Reyes, OCD, the New Superior at Mount Carmel Center09/19/2017
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 LifeSept. 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 MessiahOctober 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 ElijahNovember 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 UsDecember 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.
Live Webinar - Rescheduled09/18/2017
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.
World Day of Prayer Joint Message09/15/2017
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.
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.
Prayers for Hurricane Season09/07/2017
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
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.