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Secular Discalced Carmelite
Community of Blessed Miriam
of Jesus Crucified

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

"The Lord God lives, before whom I stand"
(Elijah, in I Kings 17:1)

    Welcome to our website.  We are a growing Secular Discalced Carmelite community (O.C.D.S.) in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese, and within the Oklahoma (Central) Province of the O.C.D. Fathers.

    We meet one Sunday a month for 3 hours, alternating between a church in McAllen and a church in Harlingen.  Members come from various towns in the Rio Grande Valley.  Except for Fr. George Gonzalez, our Spiritual Assistant and a Secular Discalced Carmelite himself, we are all Catholic laypeople, many married and with families.  Each has been called to our group to seek a transforming union with God by living a life of prayer; Christian love, sacrifice, and holiness; and service to our families, our Carmelite community, our church, and the larger community.

    We were founded in 1997 by four members, and received canonical status in 2007.  We now have thirty-six members, from newcomers and aspirants to definitively professed.

    If you wish to find out more about us, please contact us.


Webmaster:  Lynn Vincentnathan, email: lynnvinc@hotmail.com