The Philadelphia Carmelites

carmel of jesus, mary, joseph, and anne

Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas)

On Sunday, February 2, we would be delighted for you to join us for the Reception of the Holy Habit by Sr. Theresa Marie of the Child Jesus at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Sung Mass and the blessing of candles. Please note that there will be no 8:00 a.m. Mass that day.


For Donations to the Carmelite Monastery of Philadelphia. 

Please make the checks payable to: Philadelphia Carmelites

and mail it to the attention of:

Mother Prioress at
Carmel of Jesus, Mary, Joseph & Anne
1400 66th Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

May God Reward You.

Our Story

Praised Be Jesus Christ!

Welcome to the birthplace of devotion to St. Therese in the United States!

Praised Be Jesus Christ!

Welcome to the birthplace of devotion to St. Therese in the United States!

The Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia was founded in 1902, less than five years after St. Therese died.  Three young women from Philadelphia had entered the Boston Carmel, and, in 1902, they returned to Philadelphia with two nuns from the Boston Carmel to establish a Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia.  The details of this foundation may be read in Carmel in Philadelphia: The First Hundred Years, available at the monastery.


All Masses are celebrated by Chaplain Fr. Scott Allen, FSSP and are said in the Extraordinary Form. The Carmel is Latin Mass only with all of its sacraments.

Please note that public Masses may be canceled at any time without prior warning due to circumstances beyond our control.


Weekdays:  7 am
Saturdays and Sundays:
8 am Mass is sung


1400 66th Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

Alternate Times

are available at St. Mary Catholic Church, which is 7 miles away


There is free parking in the lot on 66th Street.


The nuns are cloistered and therefore do not use technology, but the chaplain and a small group of volunteers may be able to answer your inquiry. For vocational information, please write directly to the address listed above.

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Historical Archives

Dougherty 8 Dec 1914

Written in the Phillipines, Culasi, Antique Province   OBISPADO DE JARO-ILOILO. Islas Filipinas   Culasi, Antique Province, 8 Dec. 1914.   Rev. and dear Mother Beatrix:   The last time I wrote you I was on a diocesan...

Sister Agnes of Jesus to Philadelphia January 4, 1906

J.M.+ J.T.                                           Carmel of Lisieux January 4, 1906   Jesus   My Reverend and dear Mother1,   Have you received the mementos of our dear little sister in heaven2?  Was the package wrapped securely?  Was anything lost? ...