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.
(In 1969, one became a diocesan parish. In 1998 two other missions were transferred to the archdiocese of New York, as well.) In 1917 the Carmelites purchased the property on which the National Shrine now stands, for the purpose of introducing seminarians to Carmelite Spirituality. From 1917 to the present there has always been some form of seminary training on this property: Pre-Novitiate, Novitiate, High School Seminary, College Program and today it again houses the Novitiate Program for the two North American Provinces.
The original National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel was established in the parish of Our Lady of the Scapular of Mt Carmel in Manhattan on 28th St. and First Avenue in 1941, by our then Prior General, Fr. Hilary Doswald. The Shrine began by making Scapulars for the Armed Forces in World War II. People associated with the Shrine literally made millions of scapulars that were sent to our Armed Forces during the War. The Shrine in Manhattan grew with requests for Masses, Novenas, Study and Reflection Days. The Shrine promoted devotion to our Lady of Mt Carmel, Carmelite Saints and the spirituality of Carmel.
In 1991, with the approval of John Cardinal O'Connor, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, was transferred here, to Middletown, New York to this property because it was a more suitable and beautiful spot for prayer and reflection.
Our purpose today is to provide you with the opportunity and space to experience God through prayer, silence and reflection centered around devotion to Our Lady of Mt Carmel. We invite you to relax and pray. Let us lead you through the day in a calm and peaceful way. We invite you to take advantage of the beautiful atmosphere of the Shrine Chapel and the Shrine grounds outside.
Carmelite Friars - North American Province of Saint Elias - P.O. Box 3079, Middletown, New York 10940-0890, Tel:(845) 344-2223, Fax: (845) 344-2210