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Carmelites get FSSP chaplain in Philadelphia

Coming from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, this is very big news for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. It follows the news we broke here that the FSSP are now in thr Archdiocese of Baltimore:

Dear Friends, I’m sharing some joyful news. Today, our Archdiocese welcomed six nuns from the Carmelite Monastery of Valparaiso, Nebraska, and four nuns from the Carmelite Monastery of Elysburg, Pennsylvania. They are transferring to the Carmelite Monastery of Saint Joseph and Saint Anne here in Philadelphia (The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Philadelphia).As a result of these transfers, there is now a community of twelve nuns in the Philadelphia Carmel, which was founded in 1902. Since that time it has been home to generations of Discalced Carmelite nuns who have dedicated themselves to a cloistered life of contemplation and prayer for the good of us all. The Carmel is also welcoming a new chaplain, Father William Allen, FSSP. 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26th, the Feast of Saint...Anne, all are invited to a Solemn High Mass at the Carmel and welcome to greet the new sisters in the “speakroom” of the convent following the liturgy. Details are below.

Philadelphia Carmel
1400 66th Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19126
Concert of Sacred Music at 6:15 p.m.
Solemn High Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrant: Rev. William Allen, FSSP, Chaplain for the Philadelphia Carmel
Homilist: Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald
For additional information on the Philadelphia Carmel, please visit Kindly consider sharing this invitation broadly with others and join in praying for the Carmelite community in Philadelphia.
May the Lord give you peace.

Rorate had the privilege of visiting the nuns in Nebraska following the FSSP ordinations, and cannot emphasize enough how fortunate Philadelphia is today.