The Philadelphia Carmelites

carmel of St. joseph and St. anne


Preserving Carmel: the Only Feasible Catholic Solution

In response to readers of our previous post, we encourage all of you to continue to pray for a good resolution to the issue of the future of the Philadelphia Carmel. We have been aware that for many months an amicable and feasible solution has been a possibility set before all the interested and involved parties, namely, the Roman authorities, the St. Joseph Association Carmelite nuns, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, and the board established by Mother Pia.

A feasible solution for the use of Carmel and the assurance of its future stability as a house of prayer and Catholic and Carmelite spirituality is the obvious option all parties can agree upon if they so desire. Herein lies the crux of the matter: What are the desires of the parties, and are these desires shared by all? In other words, is there a meeting of minds and hearts regarding the fate and use of the Carmel real estate and its other assets?

All of us who love Carmel and are familiar with its place in the heart of the Church in Philadelphia since 1902 have a keen interest in what becomes of this historically and spiritually rich institution n the city. Carmel rose and flourished in no small part due to the material and spiritual investment of our forebears and ourselves up to this current year. We continue to recognize the priceless treasure the Carmelite monastery is, not simply materially, but, even more, spiritually because it stands and functions as a place of prayer for the honor of God and the spiritual welfare of His people.

We pray that all parties involved in the fate of the Philadelphia Carmel share this understanding of the profound importance and value of the Carmel. Who could grasp what Carmel means for God’s glory and the good of souls and not desire to see its preservation as a Catholic sacred space for the continuing benefit of souls?

May God grant wisdom to those who hold the fate of the Philadelphia Carmel in their hands. May they have the strength to do the good, just and holy work to which, by God’s Providence, they have been called since the sorrowful events of April 9, 2021.

May our good Mother of Mount Carmel guide them to the fulfillment of this good purpose, so that Carmel remain what it was always meant to be. May Carmel not be lost into hands that would profane it by emptying it of everything sacred, selling it off for profane use and, shamefully, pocketing the windfall of cash for uses other than the needs of the Philadelphia Carmel as intended by its friends and benefactors.

Praises be Jesus Christ! Now and forever! Amen.

Response to the Annual Carmelite Monastery Fall Clean-Up 


Praised be Jesus Christ!

Regretfully we we have not received a formal response regarding the fall clean-up at the Carmelite monastery in Philadelphia. However a reliable third party has informed us that the board has canceled the annual fall cleanup, without any explanation from the board members.

 We have discovered that Mother Pia established this board while still in Philadelphia to represent her interests and those of the Philadelphia Carmel. Since Mother Pia’s authorized departure from Philadelphia at the end of January 2022, the board has responsibility for the day-to-day affairs concerning the Carmel, while continuing to act on Mother Pia’s behalf for her interests and for the present and future interests of the Philadelphia Carmel.


In your charity, please pray for Mother Pia, for the board members, and for all involved in helping them, so that the mission entrusted to them to successfully preserve and perpetuate the Philadelphia Carmel as a consecrated sanctuary of prayer be continued, This was the rationale for the foundation of Carmel in Philadelphia in 1902. We hope to see the eventual return of Carmelite nuns to the Philadelphia Carmel, and in the meantime pray that the monastery remain an active house of prayer for all, a spiritual haven for the refreshment of souls steeped in our priceless Catholic traditions.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the board members directly at the Philadelphia Carmelite Monastery. As far as we have been able to determine, the board members are as follows:


Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D.
Fr. John Mary of the Cross, O.Carm.
Fr. John Paul Kimes, Canon lawyer
Mother Marie-Ange, O.C.D.
Judith Wilson
Anne Wilson
Catherine Wilson, Ph.D.
Brody Hale, Esq.
Peter Clearkin
Mary McQuiggan

Eileen Newcomb.

 The list of names is subject to correction, so if you have any corrections or additions, please send us a message and we will correct the information.

May Our Lady of Mount Carmel Bless Us and Protect Us !


Recent Correspondence

In response to inquiries on how to contact our Philadelphia Carmelites in Lake Elmo, MN; Valparaiso, NE; and now Post Falls, ID, please see the following correspondence
from Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, OCD and Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, OCD.

They can be reached at:

Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, OCD
Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence
8251 Demontreville Trail North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Mother Prioress, OCD
Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
9300 Agnew Road
Valparaiso, NE 68065

Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, OCD
Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
18772 West Riverview Drive
Post Falls, Idaho 83854

Please write directly to them. May God reward you.
Friends of the Philadelphia Carmel 


Statement from the Philadelphia Carmel 


Mass Schedule  

Starting Friday, January 28, 2022, the chapel will be closed for public Masses.
God Bless, and thank you. 

Christmas Photographs 

 We have uploaded pictures of previous Christmases at the Carmel here. We hope you enjoy them!

New Hours for the Avila Bookshop

The unique “monastery ambience” of the Avila Bookshop has a beautiful setting and a large array of religious books, apparel, gifts for all seasons and ages, and a room dedicated just to Catholic children’s books and toys.  We support many “mom & pop” Catholic vendors.   

 As a special treat, while shopping at the monastery store, you can see items used “behind the cloister” by the sisters and learn about Carmelite life. So, please come to see and shop.  You won’t be disappointed!

 Shop Hours: 

The Carmel Bookstore will remain closed until further notice. Thank you for your support. 



For prayer requests and other business for the Carmelite Monastery of Philadelphia, please write to:

Carmel of St. Joseph and St. Anne
1400 66th Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19126.

May God Reward You.


As of January 28, 2022, the Chapel is closed for public Masses. 



Sundays and Weekdays:  Cancelled.
Saturdays: Cancelled.


1400 66th Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

Alternate Times for the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass)

are available at St. Mary Catholic Church, in addition to other locations


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 and prayer requests, please write directly to the address listed above.

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