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For Pope Francis' prayer to Mary and other prayers during the COVID-19 crisis, visit our Prayer page.
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Visit our COVID-19 page for updates and announcements related to the coronavirus situation.
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Upcoming Program at Mount Carmel Center

CANCELLED St. John of the Cross and Visions


El deseo de Dios en San Juan de la Cruz
con Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD
22 de Abril, Miércoles, 7pm a 9pm en espa

Exploraremos cómo San Juan de la Cruz presenta la forma en que nuestros deseos pueden ser nuestros mejores aliados o peores enemigos en nuestro seguimiento de Cristo.


The Latest Posts:

by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD on the Provincial Blog.
by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD on the Poet and Contemplative Blog.
by Hannah De Lisser on OCDS Central Blog.


by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Little Rock, AR.
by Patricia Enk, OCDS. Patricia is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Province of St. Therese. She writes her own blog, Illumina Domine.
by Shawn Rain Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in Austin, TX. She is a contributor to ATX Catholic online and she also writes her own blog, Bethany Hang Out.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Prayers during the COVID-19 Outbreak


In this time of worldwide crisis, prayer is all the more important in the face of the struggles we are all experiencing and the sacrifices we have to make.

The USCCB has a prayer for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Little Flower Basilica has a prayer for the intercession of St. Therese composed by Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, OCD.

Both prayers are available from our Prayer page.

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Archbishop of San Antonio Cancels All Masses


In response to the coronavirus crisis, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller cancels all Masses in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Watch a video recording of his message, available from our COVID-19 page.

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Cancellation of All Public Masses in the Diocese of Dallas


Bishop Burns clarifies the Decree he issued on March 14, 2020 in response to the coronavirus situation.

A video recording of the Bishop's statement and a written copy of the Decree is available from our COVID-19 page.

News - Basilica Temporary Schedule



The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower (St. Therese of Lisieux), in line with the City of San Antonio's health guidelines and recommendations regarding the coronavirus, has a new TEMPORARY SCHEDULE available here.

This and other updates on COVID-19 are also available on our COVID-19 page.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge Catholics in the United States to keep updated on their dioceses' statements and guidelines by visiting their official dioceses' websites.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City, and Bishop Burns of Dallas have issued statements and given guidance to Catholics in the various dioceses under their episcopal care. Please refer to their statements which can be found on our COVID-19 page with links to the two archdioceses and the Diocese of Dallas.

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Cancelled Events


Little Flower Basilica has been monitoring COVID-19 guidelines from the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the City of San Antonio, due to their recommendations for the safety of our community we have decided to cancel this weekend's events:

March 14, Fiesta Parade Ticket Sales
March 14, "Get to Know Your Basilica" Tour
March 15, Basilica Bazaar

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210-207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Information for the public is also available at: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus.

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Vatican Livestreams Pope's Mass


As part of precautionary and preventive measures against the novel coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis decided to livestream the morning mass from the papal residence instead of inviting people to attend. During the mass, the Pope prayed for all those who are affected by the virus.

Italy is one of the most hard-hit among countries outside of China, particularly northern Italy in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto where the health care system is struggling under the strain of caring for vast numbers of people testing positive for the virus and those who develop COVID-19 from it.

For more details on the Pope's mass and his prayer this morning, visit the Catholic News Service website.

Recommended Precautions for Coronavirus

Updated page link 03/18/2020 (First published 03/09/2020)

The Archdiocese of San Antonio and the Diocese of Dallas have recommended precautions for the coronavirus outbreak and ask that the faithful in these dioceses practice these precautions.

These precautions are available in PDF documents from our COVID-19.

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