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Praised be Jesus Christ

The Friends of Carmel JMJ is an organization committed to providing support and financial assistance to the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA, a convent of discalced Carmelite nuns who live a completely enclosed and contemplative life.

Become a "Friend of Carmel"

To register as a “Friend of Carmel”, visit our signup page and enter your contact information.

As a Friend you will be placed on our distribution list in order to receive the latest updates concerning the Monastery. Plus, your donation, if you choose to make one, will help us to help them keep their contemplative lives contemplative.

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Solemn Profession of Vows and Veiling

Greetings to all Friends of Carmel JMJ…

 Here is an announcement of a Veiling on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2015.  While everyone is invited, we understand that the Chapel will be completely full with Sister’s  family and friends.

 Remembrance of the

Solemn Profession of Vows and Veiling

March 25, 2015

Feast of the Annunciation Year of Consecrated Life

Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,

Elysburg, Pennsylvania

J.T. J.M.

“I am come into My garden, O My sister, My spouse, I have gathered My myrrh, with My aromatical spices… I to my Beloved and my Beloved to me Who feedeth among the lilies.”


Feast of St. Joseph - Reception of the Holy Habit

Greetings to all the Friends of Carmel JMJ

On March 19th, 2015 at 8:00 AM, on the Feast of St. Joseph, one of the Postulants of the Community of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph will receive the Holy Habit of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.  She will thus begin her canonical year as a novice.  All are welcome to attend.

The Nuns thank you for your continued prayers for all of their Sisters in formation.

God Reward You.

O Antiphones - Better Late Than Never

Greetings to all Friends of Carmel JMJ

We had a little delay in obtaining the articles but to see them all in one place go HERE.

We will be posting the Christmas/New Years Mass Schedule shortly.

Have a blessed Christmas.

Rorate Mass and Special Announcement

Greetings to all Friends of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph (Elysburg, PA)


All are invited to attend the very beautiful Rorate candlelit mass on Saturday, December 13th, 2014. The Rorate Mass will begin at 6:30 AM. More information on the Rorate Mass can be found HERE .  WARNING: Attendance at the Rorate Mass may result in an uncontrollable desire to repeat your attendance every year.  



During the 12 days of Christmas, the Monastery caretaker family will be cooking two meals every day for the Sister to allow them more opportunity to prayerfully meditate on the joys of the Christmas season by relieving them of the work associated with meal preparation for those twenty-four meals.  The family will also be providing for the Chaplain.  The family prepares the food at their home and then motors it up to put on the turn keeping it hot along the way.  As you can imagine, cooking 24 meals for over 20 people places a large burden on the Caretakers and if you live nearby and can help with food preparation, shopping or donations just call Mary at the phone number on the top right hand side of our web page.  

If you do not live close to the Monastery (as most of our Subscribers do not) you can help by donating food cards from Sam's Club or Boyers Market. The links should take you directly to the gift card page for each company.

Naturally, the sooner the better on this one as there is a lot of work to do before the first meal is prepared.

We will also try to present Fr. Orlowski's "O Antiphons" series this year so please understand that during that period before Christmas you will receive one email from us with each O Antiphon. More on the O Antiphons can be found HERE.  Fr. Orlowski is a former Chaplain who is now assigned to an Latin Mass community in Ohio.

As always, we at the Friends of Carmel JMJ, appreciate your help in helping us support the Nuns.  As one cloistered Monk stated when someone asked him "Why don't you go out an help the poor or teach.  You lives serve no purpose."  His reply was, "You are correct, our lives serve no purpose, they serve God." (quotes paraphrased).

Thank God for all contemplative communities that support us by serving God with their prayers and lives of sacrifice and penance.

Have a Blessed Advent and Christmas.

Announcements from Carmel

Greetings to all Friends of Carmel JMJ

As usual, we would like to thank all of you for your generous support of the Nuns at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  May God Reward You All.

Here are some announcements...

1)  There will be a First Profession and Mass on November 24th at 9:30 AM, the Feast Day of St. John of the Cross.  The Nuns refer to St. John as their Holy Father and to St. Theresa as their Holy Mother.  So that gives us an idea of how important it will be to the young Nun making her First Professional on this date.  All are invited.

2)  On November 30th, the Carmel will have the assistance of Seminarians from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary at their 8 AM Sunday Mass.  The Mass should be a Solemn High Mass.  This is really a beautiful sight so if you have not seen a Solemn High Mass in the Traditional Rite this would be a good opportunity for you to do so.

3)  There will be a young lady entering the Carmel on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2014 following the Mass.  The Mass time has been changed for that date to 9 AM.

4)  As many of you know, the Friends of Carmel JMJ is helping the Sisters with a big project, the building of a new Monastery.  As the project is still in the very early stages we have had no real news to release as of yet.  But we do expect that to change in the very near future so stay tuned to our web site.  We will, of course, need your help with this monumental undertaking. But more about the why's, where and how's later.  For now if you could help us by asking your friends and family to sign up as a Friend of Carmel JMJ our messages will reach an ever wider group of faithful Catholics.

Remember, the Friends of Carmel JMJ is a support organization for the Nuns.  The Nuns are not actively involved in our organization but we are actively involved in helping them with their day to day needs as well as their future planning.

Praised Be Jesus Christ Now and Forever


Friends of Carmel JMJ

Solemn High Pontifical Mass with Bishop Gainer

His Excellency Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg, will celebrate a Solemn High Pontifical Mass here at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.  Since Carmel is located in the Diocese of Harrisburg, having their Bishop celebrate Mass in their Chapel will be an especially joyful time for the Sisters.

Mass Time:  5:00 PM

Date:  October 15th, 2014

Special Note: Feast day of St. Teresa of Avila

Correction and Addition to Last Message

Greetings Friends...

The Sisters have asked us to pass on the following message:

There was a typo in the Novena schedule.  The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is on the 16th of July, however that day is a Wednesday.  His Excellency, Most Reverend William Waltersheid will offer a Pontifical High Mass starting at  5:30 PM.

Also, there will be a Reception of the Holy Habit on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 which will begin at 10 AM.  All are invited. 

God Reward You All

Friend of Carmel JMJ


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Novena to Begin July 8th

Greetings to all Friends of Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph;

First order of business is to thank all of you who so generously contribute time, treasure and talent to the Nuns of the Carmel.

As you all probably know, the Novena to our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the spiritual high points of the year for the Nuna and they have asked us to post the following schedule:

Daily Masses July 8-15: 7:00 pm with Novena Prayers & Sermon

July 16 (Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) 5:30 pm Solemn Pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop William Waltersheid


Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

430 Monastery Road

Elysburg, PA 17824

The Passion - Spring Newsletter 2010

Greetings Friends of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph...

Here is a poem for Holy Week that appeared in the Sisters' Spring 2010 Newsletter

We would also like to welcome all the newly registered Friends and ask that all of you keep spreading the word about the Friends of Carmel JMJ and our mission to support the Nuns of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.  We hope you all have a blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Easter.

The Kiss of Christ

Lo, there He hangs a shamed figure,

Pinioned beneath the wood.

God grant that I may love Him,

Even as I should.


I draw a little closer

To share the love divine

To hear Him softly whisper,

“Ah, foolish child of mine.


If now I would embrace thee,

My hands would stain thee red,

And if I bent to kiss thee

The thorns would pierce your head.”


'Twas then I learned in meekness

that love demands a price.

„twas then I learned that sorrow

is but the kiss of Christ


Please remember to pray for the Sisters, Our Holy Father Pope Francis, and our Bishop, the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Diocese of Harrisburg.

May God Reward You

Holy Week Schedule

Greetings Friends of Carmel

Holy Week Schedule:

Holy Thursday, April 17th - 5 PM

Good Friday, April 18th - 3 PM

Holy Saturday, April 19th (Easter Vigil) - 9:30 PM

Easter Sunday, April 20th - 9 AM

All of the above events are open to the public.  Please consider joining us for at least one of the Holy Days during this most blessed week of the year.

Thank you for your support of the 19 Nuns at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.  Please continue to pray for the Nuns as they continue their days of strict fast and abstinence during the last weeks of Lent and join with them, wherever you may be, in their celebration of the Risen Lord on Easter Morning.  

Lenten Blessings during this Passiontide

Friends of Carmel JMJ

P.S.  We hope you are enjoying the newsletters recently posted.  Unfortunately, when we posted each newsletter it generated an e-mailing so please accept our apology for the email blitz.  We do hope that you found the temporary problem a blessing when reading the Nuns lovely newsletters.  Those newsletters, by the way, are entirely produced by the Nuns and printed, at no charge, by Fortney Printing in Steelton, PA

Contact Information

Friends of Carmel JMJ
430 Monastery Rd.
Elysburg, PA 17824

Telephone: 508-367-3201

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Take care not to miss this wonderful opportunity. Say the 'Our Father' slowly without rushing. He is listening very close to you. This is the best way to praise and honor His name.
- St. Teresa of Avila

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