Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Thérèse


The Latest Posts:

by A Carmelite Sister on RHAPSODEE
by Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD on the Poet and Contemplative blog.


by Patricia Enk, OCDS. Patricia is a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the Oklahoma Province. You can find her writings and reflections in her blog, Illumina Domine.
by Shawn Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in Austin, TX. She is a contributor to ATX Catholic online and also writes her own blog, Bethany Hang Out.

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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 PDF

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.