(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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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.
June 20, 2020
From the Basilica
Thursday, June 18, 2020
UPDATE: COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT
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!
2021 OCDS Congress: Early Bird Registration Begins in October 202005/12//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:
*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 Note Card Fundraiser05/12//2020
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.