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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


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.

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.

Selected Quote

By a beautiful paradox of Divine love, God makes His Cross the very means of our salvation and our life.
- from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's This is the Mass

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