THE PONTIFICAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
Welcome, dear visitors to Our Lady.
A place of Peace, A place of Spiritual Comfort, A place of Answered Prayers
Dedicated to Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel in the traditions of St. Vincent Pallotti
Dear visitors to Our Lady.
Ours is a special honor to be associated with the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For 133 years now, pilgrims have undertaken the journey to East Harlem. Some come in fervent hope that their petitions will be heard. Some come in humble gratitude for the many prayers that Jesus answers through the intercession of Our Lady. Some come to sit and talk to Our Lady. To this very day, they flock by the thousands during July to celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel, many still entering on their knees, with novenas, processions and special masses. Our magnificent Shrine church is overflowing with their entreaties. Such a far cry from, yet with the same fervor, as the original Italian immigrants, men and women, who with dedication fueled by love of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, built this edifice, brick by brick, during the nights of 1884.
In 1903, Pope Leo XIII, ordered the Canons of the Basilica of St. Peter, to investigate this increasing devotion and evaluate it. Based on their very favorable reports, he ordered that the Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the Infant, She holds be crowned with full solemnity. He as Pope (hence the title Pontifical), also raised the church to the status of a “Sanctuario”, or Shrine to Our Lady. Pope St. Pius X promulgated this decree after Leo’s death. The Statue was solemnly crowned on July 10th 1904. Succeeding Popes have granted many privileges to Our Shrine.
Likewise our Feast continues to grow. For many years a Shrine for all the Italians in the new world, the Feast now is multi ethnic and cultural. A significant new wave of immigrants from Haiti have joined the Italians each year. Their numbers are augmented by Latino’s of all areas, Puerto Ricans, Ecuadorians, Mexicans, etc. Many Asians from the Philippines, China, Korea and Vietnam also have arrived. Our Lady belongs to all who need Her. But all of the privileges, all of the entreaties from the devotees, would be for naught, without the favor of the Blessed Mother who lovingly looks down upon Her faithful here.
Please enter our site, visit, learn more about us, pray and honor Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.