2018 OCDS Retreat

Talks on Carmelite Contemplative Prayer

The local chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (OCDS) of the Province of St. Therese will present a series of talks on Teresian contemplative prayer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower.  Both talks are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Part 1: Sept. 8

Part 2: Jan. 19

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2017-2020 Council 


Patricia Babcock, OCDS

tel:  (575) 430 9470

email:  pattybabcock6257@gmail.com


Susan King, OCDS
Elaine Goldbach, OCDS
Rita Cuevas, OCDS

Director of Formation

Christopher Pond, OCDS

 tel:  (210) 284 9410

email:  vocationsocds@gmail.com

About us...

Welcome to the website of the San Antonio community of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS). Our community was canonically erected on May 27, 1956. We meet on a monthly basis, usually on the second Sunday of the month. (An exception is made during May, due to Mother's Day, and when Easter falls on a second Sunday.)

We begin with 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. After Mass, we have refreshments and social time, followed by a business meeting. We then break out into our study groups for approximately one and a half hours. Studies range from the basics of Carmel and the Liturgy of the Hours to Church documents and the writings of our Carmelite saints. After study group, we come back together for a talk by our Spiritual Assistant, and end with Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours at approximately 4:00 p.m.

In October, our usual meeting format is replaced by a Day of Recollection to begin the new study year. Also, in the spring, generally March or April, we have a weekend retreat.

Currently we have just over 40 members, ranging from aspirants who are in their first period of discerning a vocation to Carmel, to those definitively professed.

"Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

-Saint Therese of Lisieux