The 2018 OCDS Congress will take place from Thursday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at the Polaris Hilton in Columbus, Ohio​. Registration is now open. We expect the Congress to quickly sell out, so please register early to reserve your spot. The Congress Web site includes information about speakers, hotel and other details:

Speakers at the Congress will include:

Fr. Daniel Chowning, OCD (Member of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars and currently serving in Rome as a Definitor of the General Curia of the Discalced Carmelite Order)

Mark Danis, OCDS (Co-host of the Carmelite Conversations Radio program on Radio Maria)

Fr. Alzinir Debastiani, OCD (Delegate General for the OCDS since 2012 and from the St Joseph Province in South East Brazil)

Fr. Marc Foley, OCD (Author of several books on St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and St. John of the Cross; currently publisher for ICS Publications)

Gina Loehr (Author of The Four Teresas and delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s 2013 Vatican study on women and the Church)

Fr. Jude Peters, OCD (Provincial of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars and a gifted story-teller)

Marie-Paul Stevens, OCDS (Whose healing was accepted as the miracle for the canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity)

One lucky attendee will win a trip for two to Avila, Spain on 206 Tours! Each Congress attendee will automatically be entered in the door-prize drawing. See the Congress Web site for more details.

You may register online and pay by credit card or check:
The registration fee is $310. You may also purchase a ticket for a guest to attend the banquet dinner for $60.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the rate of $145/night. You may make a hotel reservation by clicking on the link at
The phone number for the hotel is also located on that page. The hotel has a free shuttle from the airport.

Each Congress asks OCDS communities to donate money to help friars attend the Congress. Donations can be made by credit card or check: