The Philadelphia Carmelites

carmel of St. joseph and St. anne



Solemn High Mass for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm


A Solemn High Mass in Honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be offered at the Carmelite Monastery on Friday, June 11th at 7:00 pm for the protection and flourishing of the Carmel. More details can be found on the poster. The Mass will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Parking is available. There will be no 7:00 am Mass on June 11. 



30 Day Novena to St. Joseph



We urgently need your prayers to prevent the closure of our beloved Monastery. The Novena prayers to St. Joseph previously prayed during the month of May at the Carmel can be found here.


In your charity, please contact the following with a brief note of support urging that this Monastery be kept open. Personal anecdotes of how the Sisters have been important to you or your family over the years would be most appreciated.


The Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez
Archbishop of Philadelphia 
222 N. 17th Street 
Philadelphia, PA   19103-1299
(Address as “Your Excellency”)
Donna Huddell, Secretary


Congregation for Institutes of  Consecrated Life and Societies of  Apostolic Life 
His Eminence the Cardinal Prefect
Piazza Pio XII, 3 / 00193 Rome 
Telephone: +39. 06. 69884121 (Prefect)
(Address as “Your Eminence”)


Daily Novena for Carmelite Nuns and Philadelphia Carmelite Monastery


Dear All,


It has been with shock and sadness that the Carmelite nuns left Philadelphia and returned to Valparaiso Nebraska, leaving one nun remaining. The future of the monastery is in jeopardy and there is a real chance that there will not be a Carmel of nuns in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


We are offering a novena with the intention that “a Carmelite Monastery of nuns would be in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia”. The novena we are offering is the one where the ‘Glory be to the Father’ praising the Holy Trinity is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life. It is a powerful novena that many have found fruitful.


We are suggesting that you also offer this novena and perhaps pass it on to others who want a Carmel in Philadelphia. It is not important if we start or finish on the same day or for people to pray the novena together–it is more important that the novena is offered. Start on the day you read this. In addition it would be even better to continue the novena prayers after the 9 days.


Please note the intention should be that “a Carmelite Monastery of nuns would be in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia”. The intention is that the existing monastery could be saved or even if it were to close, another would open in its place. The form of the invention allows for many possibilities. The key is that we pray that there is Carmelite monastery of nuns–whether it is a new foundation or the old one; should not matter.


Here is a link with more background on this Novena.


Novena of the Twenty-four Glory Bes to St. Teresa, the Little Flower
The Twenty-four ‘Glory be to the Father’s’ novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended, for on those days the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the novena.


The ‘Glory be to the Father’ praising the Holy Trinity is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life. In addition, this, or a similar prayer may be used:


‘Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, I thank Thee for all the blessings and favors Thou hast showered upon the soul of Thy servant Theresa of the Child Jesus, during the twenty-four years she spent here on earth, and in consideration of the merits of this Thy most beloved Saint, I beseech Thee to grant me this favor, if it is in accordance with Thy most Holy Will and is not an obstacle to my salvation. ‘
After this Prayer, follow the twenty-four ‘Glory Be’s, ‘ between each of which may be included this short prayer:


‘Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, pray for us. ‘


The Glory Be Prayer
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



Regular Schedule Changes


Ordinarily, Holy Mass will be at 7:00 am Sunday through Friday. Mass on Saturdays will be at 8:00 am. Please note that the Saturday Mass will be said using the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo Missæ). 


On June 11, 2021, there will be no 7:00 am Mass due to the 7:00 pm Sacred Heart Mass.






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

May God Reward You.

Our Story

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.  


Masses are celebrated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Masses on Sunday through Friday are said in the Extraordinary Form whereas Holy Mass on Saturday is said in the Ordinary Form. 

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


Sundays and Weekdays:  7 am
Saturdays: 8 am

Sunday Mass is sung.
Please note the schedule changes listed above.


1400 66th Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

Alternate Times for the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass)

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

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