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Carmelite Online Retreat02/12/2018
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.
The Winter 2018 issue of Flos Carmeli is now available.
Live Lenten Webinar02/12/2018
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.
Reflections and Photos02/07/2018
We gathered some photos and reflections from those who attended the 2017 OCDS Congress in San Antonio, TX.
Communicationes' New Look02/03/2018
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.
"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
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.
PILGRIMAGE to the CARMELITE SAINTS OF FRANCE
Paris | Aylesford, England | London
Sponsored by the Carmelite Institute of America
Accompanied by Fr. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm., PhD
April 29 to May 10, 2018For more information, visit the Carmelite Institute website.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity11/06/2017
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 Calendar11/06/2017
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 of Avila10/14/2017
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 General Extraordinary Definitory10/02/2017
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.
Conjuring up the Eternal – Part 307/31/2017
The latest post on Blog Central, Conjuring Up the Eternal – Part 3 of 7 on Poet and Contemplative blog, is now available for viewing.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah07/24/2017
The latest post on Blog Central, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Elijah on OCDS Central blog, is now available for viewing.
Flos Carmeli – Summer Issue07/20/2017
The Summer issue of Flos Carmeli is now available from our Downloads page.
New Carmelite Blog07/14/2017
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Little Rock, AR has added a blog to their website. You can view it by clicking here.
Book of Poems07/14/2017
The Raw Stillness of Heavenis 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.
In Memoriam – Sister Miriam of the Mystical Body07/07/2017
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.
Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel07/06/2017
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.
Schedule for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel07/06/2017
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.
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Communicationes No. 32105/24/2017
- 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
Letter to Young People from Pope Francis05/18/2017
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.
National Meeting of Carmelite Nuns05/18/2017
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.
Letter of Encouragement from Pope Francis04/28/2017
Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Chicago, encouraging all people, especially young people, to strive for non-violence.
An Appeal to the Catholic Church04/28/2017
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.
We Have a New Provincial04/25/2017
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.
The Spring issue of Flos Carmeli is now available. Visit the Downloads page to get your copy.
Holy Thursday at the Basilica04/18/2017
Photos taken during Holy Thursday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thérèse are now available for viewing here.
International Marian Congress04/18/2017
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 ourDownloads page.
Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery04/12/2017
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 Donationscan 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 City04/12/2017
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.
Holy Week at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Thérèse04/07/2017
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.
A Lenten Invitation03/21/2017
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 No. 32003/14/2017
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)
Teresianum Periodical Online03/14/2017
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 No. 31903/14/2017
The latest issue of Communicationes is now available.
Video Recording and Book03/14/2017
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.
The Winter issue of Flos Carmeli is now available for download.
Fr. John Michael Payne, OCD01/09/2017
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…
Letter from the General Definitory01/09/2017
A letter from the Order of the Discalced Carmelites General Definitory summarizing its meeting earlier last month is available from the Downloads page.
Day of Recollection
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
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 Update01/28/2017
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”.
Also, 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. 31701/09/2016
The latest issue of Communicationes (the Order’s Newsletter) is now available for viewing and download.
Christmas Greetings from the OCDS General Secretary01/05/2017
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.
Pope Francis Appoints a Carmelite Friar as Bishop of Lismore01/05/2017
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.