Discalced Carmelite Friars

Semi Province of St. Therese


New Triennium
(2020 - 2023)

The Office of the Provincial announces new assignments for the 2020-2023 triennium. New community assignments will be in effect by August 1.

The Discalced Carmelites of the Province of St. Thérèse celebrated the XXXI provincial chapter in the city of Dallas, Texas from May 25 to June 5. A Provincial Chapter takes place every three years and during Chapter meetings the friars evaluate all the aspects of their vocation as Discalced Carmelites.

As mendicant friars they are supposed to move from community to community every three years. It is true that here in our Semi-Province they have not been able to do so every triennium because of their small numbers. However, this triennium most of them are going to make a change. Summer for us here in the Semi-Province will be a time of transition. There will be a lot of changes in the lives of our communities and parishes. Please keep all the friars in your prayers as they begin their new assignments.

The provincial, Fr. Luis Joaquin Castaneda, O.C.D., has made the following changes for our communities:

San Antonio, TX Community
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Thérèse Parish (Little Flower Basilica)

Superior: Fr. Jorge L. Cabrera, O.C.D.
Pastor: Fr. Gregory Ross, O.C.D.
Fr. Raul Reyes, O.C.D.
Fr. Sam Anthony Morello, O.C.D.
Fr. Emmanuel Nnadozie, O.C.D.
In Residence: Fr. Luis Joaquin Castaneda, O.C.D.

Oklahoma City, OK Community
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Thérèse ("Little Flower") Parish

Superior & Pastor: Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, O.C.D.
Parish-Vicar: Fr. Jesus Sancho, O.C.D.

Dallas, TX Community
Mount Carmel Center

Superior: Fr. John Magdalene Suenram, O.C.D.
Fr. Marion Joseph Bui, O.C.D.
Fr. James Anthony Curiel, O.C.D.

St. Mary of Carmel Catholic Church

Pastor: Fr. Jenaro Gonzalez de la Cruz, O.C.D.

Little Rock, AK Community
Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Marylake)

Superior: Fr. Jerome Earley, O.C.D.
Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D.
Fr. Henry Bordeaux, O.C.D.
Fr. Stephen Sanchez, O.C.D.

The Latest Posts:


by Fr. Gregory Ross, OCD from the Little Flower Basilica 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 the Province of St. Therese. She writes her own blog, Bethany Hang Out.

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Mount Carmel Center - Facebook page
Mount Carmel Center
June 25, 2020

Mount Carmel Center is now on Facebook. Check it out by clicking here.

The Most Sacred Heart - YouTube video
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 25, 2020

Check out the latest video on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus presented by Fr. Jorge Cabrera from Mount Carmel Center.

Click here to visit their YouTube channel.

June 25, 2020

With deepest sympathy, our condolences go to the Carmelite nuns of Covington, Louisiana on the death of Sister Aletheia of the Eternal Logos last June 23, 2020. The funeral will be on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

We are with the nuns of Covington Carmel in prayer, and are offering masses and prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Aletheia. Please keep them in your prayers.

Little Flower Basilica – Update from the Pastor
June 20, 2020
From the Basilica
Thursday, June 18, 2020


As you know on June 12, Father Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna was diagnosed with COVID-19, for which he went into isolation for ten days. These first five days of isolation, Father has been relatively stable, he has not had temperature; however, he has had headaches, fatigue, loss of taste in food and congestion. His doctors have been monitoring him through phone calls to follow the development of his recovery. Father Luis is profoundly thankful for your concern and affection, as well as your prayers that have accompanied and strengthened him during these days of isolation. He has welcomed with deep joy all the messages that he has received through Facebook and other media, and he reiterates his appreciation and blessing. Thank you!

Basilica Closed
Little Flower Basilica Closed
June 13, 2020

Continuing with precautionary measures, the Little Flower Basilica and the office in San Antonio, Texas will remain closed.

Click here for the full statement.

An Acceptable Sacrifice - YouTube video
An Acceptable Sacrifice
June 12, 2020

Mount Carmel Center has a new YouTube video by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD.

Watch the video by clicking here.

2021 OCDS Congress

2021 OCDS Congress: Early Bird Registration Begins in October 2020

Mark your calendars! Early Bird registration for the OCDS Congress will begin on Oct. 15, 2020 with a specially discounted Early Bird Registration Fee of $300!

The OCDS Congress will be held from Sept. 9 to 12, 2021 at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas. In order to help you prepare for the cost of attending, we’re posting the special room rates for you below:

Special Room Rates* at Omni Houston:
$135/night (Single/Double)
$145/night (Triple)
$155/night (Quad)

*Special Room Rates are being provided here for budgeting purposes. They are not available to book at this time. A link will be provided closer to Registration.

The speakers will be
Fr. Stephen Sancez, OCD (Provincial of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese), Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD (Superior at the Mt. Carmel Center of the Oklahoma Province of St. Therese), Jane Thibault, OCDS (Secular Carmelite in the Washington Province).

Please click here for more information and to download the OCDS Congress article in PDF.

Information provided by the Secular Discalced Carmelites of the Province of St. Therese — Oklahoma.

2021 OCDS Congress Notecard Fundraising

2021 OCDS Congress Note Card Fundraiser

The OCDS Province of St. Therese - Oklahoma is having their first province-wide fundraiser. Each OCDS community will be in charge of gathering orders from each interested member of their community.

OCDS members of the Province can download the instructions here. Please submit orders and payments to your local OCDS community.
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