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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.

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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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Contact Information

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

Telephone: 508-367-3201

Mass Times

Mass times:
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM
  • Weekdays: 7:10 AM


First Mass of the newly-ordained Fr. Daniel Richards

Fr. Daniel Richards will celebrate his first Mass for the Sisters at Carmel on Monday, June 3, at 10:00 am. He was ordained Saturday, June 1. His first Mass as a newly-ordained priest will be Sunday, June 2.

Diamond Jubilee was Golden

The Community of Nuns at the Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of one of their own today with a Solemn Pontifical High Mass offered by Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, William J. Waltersheid.  Following the  Mass, those in attendance were able to visit with Sister on this the 60th  anniversary of her profession of vows.  Sister radiated joy and all those who visited with her in the Speak Room carried some of that joy out with them.  Bishop Waltersheid spoke of Our Lady of Fatima and The Immaculate Heart of Mary on this the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Friends of Carmel JMJ would like to thank all of you who prayerfully and financially supported the Sisters and please be assured that they are immensely grateful for your friendship.

Note:  The vestments of the Clergy in today's Mass were Golden Yellow.

Sad News Here in the Diocese of Harrisburg Today (5-2-13)

May 2, 2013: Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, 65, the Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, passed away this morning unexpectedly. The Nuns of Carmel and the Board of the Friends of Carmel ask all of you to please pray for the peaceful reposed of his soul.  

Fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.  Amen  (And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.)

Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon him.


Selected Quote

Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
- St. Teresa of Avila

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