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Province of St. Therese


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St. John of the Cross Mass and Reception
Saturday, December 14
at 11 am
Mass followed by a light reception
– Space is limited, please register
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Upcoming Program at Mount Carmel Center

Saturday, December 14
11 a.m. St. John of the Cross Mass and Reception

After the 11am Mass there will be a light reception. No fee is required, however donations to help defray the cost of the event are appreciated. Please register as space is limited.


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.

Previously in our Headlines. . .

Carmelite Pilgrimage - August 2020
In the Footsteps of Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross is a Carmelite Pilgrimage which will visit important Carmelite sites from August 2 to August 17, 2020. The pilgrimage will be led by Professor Alberto Ferreiro, Ph.D, and Fr. Thomas Otanga, OCD.
Professor Ferreiro is a tenured faculty member at Seattle Pacific University in Early Christian and Medieval History with a specialty in Spanish and Portuguese studies. He is founder and director of a University of Salamanca, Spain Summer program for college students and has led groups there for 30 summers. He has published 12 books and over 115 scholarly articles on Late Roman and Early Medieval Spain and Portugal. He was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. This is the sixth Carmelite pilgrimage that he has organized.
Fr. Thomas Otanga is a Discalced Carmelite priest of the Washington Province. He was born in Bondo, Kenya (East Africa). He joined the Carmelites in Kenya in 1993. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees (Sacred Theology, Rome and Religious Studies, Kenya) in 1998. He did his Licentiate degree (STL) in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and graduated in 2001. Fr. Otanga completed his doctoral studies in Theology with a specialization in Spiritual Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2013. Fr. Otanga was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. He guides both private and group retreats, offers spiritual direction and gives talks and workshops mostly on religious formation. He is currently the OCDS Regional Assistant for the Midwest region of the Washington Province.

For more information contact: Prof. Dr. Alberto Ferreiro:
Deadline for Reservations is January 15, 2020. Inquire for any remaining openings after that date.

Elizabeth of the Trinity (Elisabeth Catez)

Elizabeth of the Trinity


St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was a Discalced Carmelite nun in the Carmel of Dijon, France. She was canonized October 16, 2016. Her feast day is on November 8.

This wonderful saint left a legacy of spiritual writings which continue to inspire the contemplative in many people. Her prayer to the Trinity may be found on the Prayer page.

Read her brief bio on Our Saints page to learn more.

Photo courtesy of Carmel of Flavignerot (Dijon), France
OCD Proper Liturgical Calendar 2019

New OCD Proper Liturgical Calendar


The Holy See has approved an updated proper calendar for the Order of the Discalced Carmelites. An English translation has been approved by the Provincial of the Oklahoma Province, Fr. Stephen Sanchez, and is available in 2 versions: A 2-page PDF and a single-page pocket size PDF. They are now available from the Downloads page.

This news item was first published on 10/10/2019 and updated on 10/11/2019 after the correction of typos and the inclusion of fast days in the OCD Proper calendar, as well as the addition of a pocket version of the calendar on the Downloads page.
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Feast Day of St. Teresa at the Basilica


The Carmelite Friars in San Antonio, TX are celebrating the feast of St. Teresa of Avila on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the 6 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Little Flower.

Read more about St. Teresa in the Spring 2019 issue of the Apostolate Magazine available from the Basilica's website.

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The latest issue of Communicationes is now available. Please visit the Communicationes page to read or download your own copy.

ICS Piblications Carmelite Spiritual Talks on YouTube

ICS Publications - Spiritual Talks


ICS Publications has started season 2 of their Carmelite Spiritual Talks. These videos are available online on their YouTube channel.

Saint Teresa of Jesus - prayer

St. Teresa of Jesus


St. Teresa of Jesus, also known as St. Teresa of Avila, is lovingly referred to as "Holy Mother" by Discalced Carmelites. She is the foundress of the Discalced Carmelite order and also a Doctor of the Church. Her feast day is on October 15.

To learn more about this amazing saint, you may like to read her brief biography on Our Saints page.

If you would like to pray for her intercession or recite a litany, please go to the Prayer page. There, you can also scroll down near the bottom of the page to download a copy of a novena (in PDF) in her honor, composed and translated by Secular Discalced Carmelites in Barcelona, Spain and in Oxford, England.

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