No form of apostolic work is foreign to the Carmelites: preaching the word of God, teaching in schools and universities, administering the Sacrament in Parishes, directing retreats, reaching out to the poor, the sick and the dying, taking the Gospel to other lands as missionaries.
Carmelites arrived in Middletown, New York in 1912 and established the parish of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel. The "new" Church is behind Mt Carmel School. There were five mission churches attached to Mt Carmel.
The following history was written at an unknown date and discovered in the parish archives.
Rev. Peter Havemans was the founder of St. Joseph's Church. The corner stone was laid May 2, 1847. The sermon was given by Archbishop John Joseph Hughes.
The first Mass was said by Fr. Havemans on All Saints Day, 1848. A few weeks later, the church and parish was transferred to the care of the Society of Jesus.
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