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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


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

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

Selected Quote

When God dwells in the soul, the soul becomes even more beautiful. For who can be more blessed or more happy than the one in whom God has set up His dwelling place? What else can you need or what else can possibly make you richer?
- St. Anthony

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