Welcome to the Carmelite Sisters of Erie
More than sixty years ago, desirous of building a seminary in his diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, the Most Rev. John Mark Gannon sought prayer support for his seminarians and vocations. Turning to the Carmel of Wheeling, West Virginia, the Archbishop extended an invitation, asking that some of the nuns be sent for this purpose.
Archbishop John Mark Gannon of Erie stands with members of the Carmel of the Holy Family who moved to Erie from West Virginia in 1957.
Led by Mother Mary of Jesus Crucified as
Like all Carmelites, the nuns trace their roots back to the Prophet Elijah who not only encountered the living God in
Early 13th century hermits living on the slopes of Mount Carmel began the Order of the “Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel,” honoring Mary as their patroness. She, in turn, promised St. Peter Thomas, a bishop of the Order, that it would endure until the end of time, indicating that Elijah had obtained this favor from her Son on the Mount of Transfiguration.
It is Mary who shines as their model of the evangelical virtues. On July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock,
In the 16th century, St. Teresa of Avila instituted a reform of the Carmelite Order in Spain. She became the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites whose members follow the Primitive Rule. Unceasing prayer and the offering of themselves in penance and sacrifice for the Church, especially her priests, is the most important and apostolic aspect of the Teresian Reform.
In 1790, the first Carmelite monastery in the United States was founded in Maryland. The Wheeling, West Virginia,