Congregation of the Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa

January 10, 2023

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HOUSTON — The Congregation of the Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa was founded in Mexico City on March 8, 1903, by Sisters Teresa Petra Muciño, Carmen Gallardo, Soledad Perez and Antonia Velazquez.

Archbishop Robert E. Lucey requested the congregation to come to the U.S. to serve immigrant people. Their first community in the U.S. was established July 16, 1947, in Cuero, Texas.

Their first ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston began at St. Mary’s Seminary after being incorporated as a nonprofit in 1989. From there, the congregation moved to programs of evangelization and spirituality, serving migrant families in various parishes. Today they serve in 10 countries. Currently, the congregation has two postulants.

This year they celebrate the 75th anniversary of mission in the U.S. Besides their missions in the Archdiocese, they also serve in two other dioceses.

Their mission is to live and share the friendship of the living God through the apostolates of evangelization, missions and pastoral spiritualty.