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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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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


Welcome To Bishop Gainer

The Friends of Carmel rejoice that Pope Francis has sent Bishop Ronald W. Gainer to be the Shepherd of the Diocese of Harrisburg.  We pledge our filial obedience and love for our new Successor of the Apostles and we assure him of our prayers for his episcopal ministry.  May Our Lady Queen and Beauty of Carmel enfold him in her garment of maternal love and protection!

 Most Rev. William J. Waltersheid,

Friends of Carmel JMJ

Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Join the Sisters in their Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel July 8-16.


Prayer for Every Day

Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.


First Day

Prayer. The beauty of Carmel and the Glory of Lebanon are given to you in your Immaculate Conception, O Blessed Queen of Carmel! I also rise from the sea of this world, not like you all pure and Immaculate, but full of sin. Help me, look upon me with your eyes of mercy. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine, Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven, To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine, Favors grant ever,
None like to you. Star of the Sea.

Second Day

Prayer. I give thanks to you O Virgin Mother of Carmel, for the gift of your holy Scapular, the sign of your Confraternity: O my Mother, make me worthy to wear your sacred livery, and may my heart ever be pure, free from every stain of sin. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Third Day

Prayer. Virgin Mother of Carmel, remember me who am consecrated to you by the holy Scapular, I place my trust in you, O Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Ever-Immaculate Queen. O Mother mild, implore your Son to hear my prayer now and at the hour of my death. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Fourth Day

Prayer. I thank you my Lady and Mother, for the gift of your holy Scapular. You know well my weakness and my malice, but I trust in you and under your protection I take refuge. O holy Mother of Mt. Carmel, despise not my petitions in my necessities, but deliver me from all danger. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Fifth Day

Prayer. Queen and beauty of Carmel, your glance is love, hope and sweetness. As the rays of the sun color the flowers, so also your glance gives to the soul strength and beauty. May I remain ever before you my Mother, and turn your eyes of mercy on me. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Sixth Day

Prayer. O dear Mother of Carmel, I love you more than I can express, more than my very soul can conceive. I reverence you, I praise you, O sacred Virgin, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God. Bless me and deliver me from all evil. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Seventh Day

Prayer. Most loving Virgin of Carmel, I acknowledge gratefully your immense goodness towards me; hear my prayer and after this my exile, show unto me the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet, Virgin Mary. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Eighth Day

Prayer. O Mother of Carmel, when my last hour shall sound; when I shall take your holy Scapular into my trembling hands, fill my heart with confidence in it, and O my loving Mother, receive my soul and offer it to your sweet Jesus. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Ninth Day

Prayer. O Mary, most holy Mother of Carmel, Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity, Mirror of the Angels, Assured Refuge of Sinners! Have compassion on me in my sufferings, listen to my sighs with clemency, intercede for me with your Son. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

A Sister took her First Vows and a priest offered his First Mass!

           After six months of a postulancy, and one year as a novice, a Sister took her First Vows on Friday, May 31. It was a beautiful ceremony, celebrated by Fr. James McLucas, and assisted by Mgsr. James Byrnes and Fr. James Gordon. Her two sisters, brother-in-law, and her six-month-old nephew made the grueling 24-hour trip from Australia to be with her on this momentous occasion.

A sister’s First Vows marks the second of three steps towards Solemn Profession. This is her Wedding Day – the day that sees her married to Christ. The difference between First Vows and Solemn Profession is more of “legality”. Given how difficult the Carmelite life is, the Church has instituted the practice of First Vows. This allows the Sister to make her Profession, and to have time to prepare herself by prayer and the living out of the Evangelical Counsels to eventually make her Profession for life and take the black veil at the ceremony of the Solemn Profession three years later. First Vows are not permanent as Solemn Vows are. The Sister in First Vows is still in formation until she makes her Solemn Profession

Please continue to pray for this Sister and all the other Novices preparing to make their Solemn Vows. And they thank you and pray for you in return!

            Fr. Daniel Richards offered his first Solemn High Mass here at the Carmelite Monastery this morning, June 3. Assisted by several priests and deacons, and well attended by the Carmelite community, this was the second Mass of his priesthood. In his sermon, he spoke of how close he felt to the Sisters during his ordination, knowing that their prayers and those of many others was what got him to today. “We are all one,” he said – one family in Christ.

Father Richards (left center) is all smiles as he and his assistants gather outside after his first Solemn High Mass

Selected Quote

For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the good God more forever.
- St. Therese of the Child Jesus

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