Mount Carmel Center has a new Superior. Welcome Fr. John! (See below)
Welcome to Mount Carmel Center, a Monastery and Retreat House of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers. Mount Carmel remains an oasis of solitude in the midst of the busy city of Dallas. Located on a high hilltop upon 45 acres of land, you will find a restful and peaceful place here.
The Monastery is home to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers. Our mission is to be a vibrant Carmelite monastery which nurtures spiritual growth and formation in the Christian community through retreats, conferences and ministry to parishes. The Center is available for private retreats or small group retreats and we also offer mornings of reflections on spiritual topics throughout the year. Please explore the site and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
The Order of the Discalced Carmelites, Province of St. Therese has once again been certified as Praesidium Accredited™.
Mount Carmel Center is happy to welcome Fr. John Magdalene Suenram, O.C.D. as the Superior and Director for the 2020-2022 Triennium!
A native of Kansas and the oldest of nine children, the Suenram family sought to nurture the Faith in John by sending him to parochial school. Fr. John heard the call to the Discalced Carmelites in his 20s after reading the works of St. John of the Cross. He entered Marylake Monastery in 1979.
Over the 8 years Fr. John studied for his ordination, he gained a degree in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. After his ordination he went on to receive a Certificate of Specialization in the works of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Jesus as well as permanent bi-ritual faculties to celebrate in the Maronite Rite.
Fr. John’s studies served him well during his assignment as Pastor and Director of Development for what was then the National Shrine of the Little Flower. Through his efforts the Shrine was elevated to the status of Minor Basilica and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Having spent nearly ten years at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, Fr. John was then assigned to Mount Carmel Center as the Superior from 1999 to 2001. Since then he has served various assignments throughout the Oklahoma Semi-Province of St. Thérèse. In November he will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
We are pleased to welcome him back for the next three years.
Welcome Fr. John!