Carmelite Friars in Residence

Fr. Stephen Sanchez, O.C.D. 
Superior and Program Director 

A native of San Antonio, Fr. Stephen is still trying to get used to the cold weather of the metroplex. He is warmed by the reception and support he has received during his tenure as Superior at Mount Carmel Center. Fr. Stephen brings a big intellect, a loving heart, and a great belief in the transforming power of God. Another gift is his fluency in both Spanish and English.

Priestly Ordination: Basilica of St. Therese and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 1992. Advanced Studies in the Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross at‘Centro Internacional de Avila’ in Avila, Spain 1992-3. Master of Divinity Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX 1992. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX 1987. Accepted into the Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in San Antonio 1983. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Attended Catholic Schools throughout academic life.  Has a deep love for St. John of the Cross.  


Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D. 

Fr. Bonaventure Sauer was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1953 and at an early age moved to Illinois where he grew up. He went to college and then later received a Masters Degree in Scripture before entering the Discalced Carmelite Order with the Province of St. Therese, the Oklahoma Province. He made his first profession of vows in 1986, and then did his theological study in San Antonio. After final profession, in 1991, he studied spirituality in Spain for a year, then was ordained in 1992. After ordination he was soon moved to New Orleans to become Student Director. He also taught at the Seminary there until 1997. From 1997 to 2002 he served as Provincial and, in 2002, was made Superior at Marylake Monastery in Little Rock. From 2005 to 2008 Fr. Bonaventure served as Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Therese in San Antonio and as Editor of the Apostolate of the Little Flower magazine. Since 2008 he has served as OCDS provincial delegate and, since 2011 to this year, as provincial vicar for Nuns. Currently, in addition to continuing as OCDS delegate, he has been asked to serve as provincial communications director, a new position in the province.



Mary Bellman
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in Ft. Worth, TX.  I come from a very large Catholic family, being one of nine children.  All of my siblings and my mother still live in Texas.  I attended Catholic school through high school and received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at UT Arlington.  In 2004 I married my best friend, Will.  We have 4 cats and live in Grand Prairie, TX. 

I worked for several years at UT Arlington as an Associate Director of Development.  Feeling that this was not the direction the Lord had in mind for me I left UTA to work at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton as the Parish Secretary.  While working there I happened to meet Fr. Stephen and came to attend many of the wonderful programs at the Center. I also starting discerning a vocation to the Carmelite Secular Order.  Several years later I became the Administrative Assistant at the Center and know without a doubt that this is what the Lord had in mind for me.  I also made my final promise in the Secular Order in July of 2012.  

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