This website is intended to be a source of information for the Secular members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites in the Province of St Therese (formerly Oklahoma). The Province has jurisdiction over OCDS members living in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. We fall under the juridical authority of the OCD Friars of the Province of St. Therese.


The Mini-Congress celebration is scheduled for October 30!

As you know our planned OCDS Congress scheduled for September 2021 in Houston was cancelled.


In the spirit of Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, who always found ways to accomplish her goals, the OCDS Provincial Council

is planning an event that will allow us to celebrate, to renew our spirits, and to connect with members and communities in the Province.

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CST / 11:00 – 3:00 EST

HOW: via Zoom

Registration on Zoom ~ details to follow

Registration opens August 19

WHO: Welcome – Father Luis Joaquin Castaneda OCD, Provincial

Keynote Speakers – Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD and Fr. Jorge Cabrera, OCD
Sample Breakout Sessions Topics – How and When to Say No (vocation and discernment)
~Obedience and Legitimate Authority!

~ Dealing with Phenomena

~ Back to Basics: Meditation and Prayer

~ Hey, The World’s on Fire! (A Carmelite Response to Chaos and Confusion)

~ This Ain’t No Book Club (Individual Responsibilities and the Organization of the Order)

~ Beyond Ordinary Aridity (When the Holy Becomes Distasteful…others to be added

COST: $10 per participant. Communities will be asked to collect the registration fee. Communities will be billed after November 1.