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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.

Become a "Friend of Carmel"

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

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Sunday - the Feast of the Epiphany / 8 AM - Solemn High Pontifical Mass

Greetings to All...  Everyone is invited to  this Sunday's Solemn High Pontifical Mass being celebrated for the Feast of the Epiphany by Bishop Waltersheid, Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh.  The Blessing of the Doors will occur directly after Mass so there will probably be no coffee and cake social following Mass, however that is subject to change.

Solemn Profession Held - 11/24/12

Praised be Jesus Christ... The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph held a Solemn Profession  on this date, the feast day of St. John of the Cross.  Sister professed her vows to Bishop McFadden following a Solemn High Mass. The Chapel was packed with Sister's family and Friends of Carmel.  We would like to thank all of you who supported Sister today with your presence and/or prayers. The photo on our home page show his Excellency at the grill receiving Sister's vows.

Year of Faith: Guidance from a Carmelite Saint

At times, when I am reading certain spiritual treatises in which perfection is shown through a thousand obstacles, surrounded by a crowd of illusions, my poor little mind quickly tires; I close the learned book that is breaking my head and drying up my heart, and I take up Holy Scripture. Then all seems luminous to me; a single word uncovers for my soul infinite horizons, perfection seems simple to me, I see it is sufficient to recognize one’s nothingness and to abandon oneself as a child into God’s arms. St. Thérèse of Lisieux Letters II: 1093-4

Selected Quote

In the angel's hands I saw a long golden spear and at the end of the iron tip I seemed to see a point of fire. With this he seemed to pierce my heart several times.
- St. Teresa of Avila

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