Carmelite Friars Assigned to Mount Carmel Center


Rev. John Magdalene Suenram, OCD Superior

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My Name is Father John Magdalene Suenram, OCD. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the new Superior of Mount Carmel Center with its three other friars in residence. Some of you may already know me as I was Superior and Director of the Center here in Dallas during the years of 2000 through 2002.

I am from a family of 9 kids and I was the oldest boy. I grew up in central Kansas where, through the influence of my Father, I developed a deep love of nature. I got a degree in Sociology from Wichita State and worked in the area of juvenile corrections for some four and one-half years before I entered the Order at our Novitiate in Arkansas in 1979. I am 69 now, and I have been assigned at one time or another at each of the friaries in the Province. My last assignment was a six-year stint at our friary in Oklahoma City where I was one of the guys on a team of parish ministers.

Of course, I wouldn’t be in the Order unless I had a deep love for Carmelite spirituality and for the fraternity of Carmel. Some of you may have taken in conferences I have given here at Mt. Carmel in the past. Others of you, who are Carmelite Seculars may have received my care as a spiritual assistant at one time.



Fr. Jenaro de la Cruz, OCD
Fr. Jenarao was ordained March 5, 1966.  He has had a variety of assignments since arriving in Dallas in 1966.  He has served at: St. Mary of Carmel, Dallas, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas
Little Flower Church, Oklahoma City, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, San Antonio.





Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
Fr Jim is from San Antonio, Texas. He joined the Discalced Carmelites there in 1988. He was ordained at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower in 1995. He has a BBA in Financial Management and an M. Div.


Fr. Marion Bui, OCD
Praised be Jesus Christ! Greetings!
My name is Fr. Marion Joseph Bui, OCD, a Vietnamese Carmelite Friars of Oklahoma Province.
I was a Vietnamese boat people who came to the USA in July 1981. I entered the Discalced Carmelite Order of Oklahoma Province in January 1985. In May 1991, I graduated at St. Mary’s University in Texas with double Philosophy and Theology degree, and was ordained priest on June 3rd 1995.



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