A New Face at the Society of the Little Flower

Have you experienced the challenge of change? Life changes can be scary and exciting. Change opens up new possibilities for all of us.

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Tom Schrader, O. Carm. I have been asked to fill some pretty big shoes as the new director of the Society of the Little Flower. Fr. Bob Colaresi will continue to be a part of the Little Flower Family by serving at the National Shrine and Museum of St. Therese.

Fr. Bob Colaresi (left) and Fr. Tom Schrader (right) at a recent Carmelite event.

I am blessed, honored, and excited to follow in the footsteps of Fr. Bob, who is beloved by all who have come to know him, including you. I hope that you will join me in praying for him as he begins this new chapter of his life.

My journey started in Buffalo, New York, where I was born and raised. I attended St. Teresa of Avila Parish and School and graduated blocks from the original Shrine of St. Therese. I have been the President of two Catholic high schools. During this time, the Little Flower helped me mentor these students in their spiritual and educational pursuits. How blessed am I to now be the Director of the Society of the Little Flower!

I am thankful to Fr. Bob as he mentors me in my duties and in my embrace of the saint in the deepest part of my soul. Be assured he will continue to be an inspiring presence.

Please know that my fellow Carmelites and I are praying for you and your special intentions in our daily prayers and Masses. God bless you for your constant faith and devotion.

Your new friend,


Fr. Tom Schrader, O. Carm. 
Society of the Little Flower, Director