Discalced Carmelite Friars

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.

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The Latest Posts:

by Fr. Jorge Cabrera on the Provincial Blog.
by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD on the Provincial Blog.
by Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD on the Provincial Blog.


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.
by Patricia Enk, OCDS. Patricia is a Secular Discalced Carmelite in the Province of St. Therese. She writes her own blog, Illumina Domine.

Latest Photos:

2020 Clothing
2020 Jubilarians
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Previously in our Headlines. . .

Little Flower Basilica, San Antonio, Texas - sanctuary
Little Flower Basilica to Reopen for Public Mass on the Weekend of June 6-7, following the Archdiocese Guidelines

Fr. Luis Gerardo Belmonte-Luna, O.C.D., Rector and Pastor of the Little Flower Basilica in San Antonio, Texas, has the following message regarding reopening of Masses to the public:

Archbishop Gustavo has decreed that, beginning May 19, the Eucharist may be celebrated with the participation of the people, following the guidelines for distancing, seating capacity and sanitary measures.

Due to the celebration of the Provincial Chapter (May 25 to June 5), the Carmelite Fathers who serve in this Basilica will reopen the Basilica for the Eucharistic celebration with the participation of the people on the weekend of June 6-7.

During this time, we will continue to live stream Masses on Facebook and YouTube. We appreciate your understanding and unconditional support.

This time will help us better prepare to implement the necessary measures within the church, so that with the help of our committee and volunteers we may offer you a safe and clean environment. A forthcoming letter outlining the plan will be provided to the parishioners in advance of our first public Eucharistic celebration.

Archdiocese of San Antonio - Decree and Guidelines for Reopening Mass to the Public


Archbishop Gustavo issued a Decree on Reopening Mass to the Public. The Decree, Guidelines, and 2 Appendices to the Guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 page.

Please visit the COVID-19 page to read these important documents if you belong to the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas.

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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