Welcome to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Munster, Indiana

"I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty."

1 Krl 19, 10


It will be possible for faithful under 65 years old to attend SUNDAY HOLY MASS

according to operating guidelines and local government determinations,

 BY INVITATION ONLY (in our church no more than 80 people at one mass)

Upcoming Events

You are Invited


for those who would like to participate in

the public holy mass:


1.  People who are over the age of 65 or have underlying medical conditions that place them at great risk are not expected to participate in Masses (please, stay at home)!


2.  Because There is a limit on the number of people per one Holy Mass, to enable everyone to participate in Holy Mass, we decide that an additional three Holy Masses will be celebrated.


3.  NEW Sunday Holy Mass schedule (from May 23th):



5:00 PM (in English) and 7:00 PM (in Polish)



In Polish: 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM

In English: 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM


4.  You can pick up the INVITATION in the Monastery Office for a specific Holy Mass. Without it, you will not be able to enter the church! In the case when invitations for specific hour run out, please choose another available time of the Holy Mass.


5.  Please pick up your INVITATION from Monday to Saturday

between 9:00 and 16:00. 

It is not possible to order it by telephone or by E-mail!


6.  During the mass please take ONLY DESIGNED PLACES

(six feet of distance)!


7.  Please WEAR FACE MASKS during the Mass!


8.  Holy Communion will only be distributed "IN THE HAND"!


9.  There will be a new special ONE ENTRANCE to the church

(the main door will be closed!)


10.  Right after mass please leave the church. Between masses the church will be CLOSED to provide a sanitized church (pews) consistently. 


 11.  CONFESSION during EVERY MASS. NO confession outside of the Holy Mass! 


 12.  You can NOT receive a Holy Communion outside of the Holy Mass

Celebrating the Jubilee of the 70th anniversary of our monastery


A group of Polish Discalced Carmelite friars (Barefoot Carmelites) who, after the turmoils of World War II, found themselves in the US, set out to found a new monastery. Exactly on December 29, 1949, upon securing a permission from Bishop John Noll to open a private chapel (the beginnings of the future monastery), they celebrated their first mass in the house purchased for this purpose in Hammond.


Shortly afterwards, on January 17, 1950, we received a decree from the Holy See approving the foundation of the Polish monastery of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1952, the monastery was eventually relocated to Munster.


To us this is a very special occasion for thankfulness that we would like to celebrate with all of you throughout 2020.

Holy Masses



Change in our Mass schedule

beginning January 1, 2019

From the beginning of the New Year 2019, there will no longer be a Latin Mass at our shrine.  In its place, each Saturday there will be a 5:00 PM Mass in English (fulfilling Sunday obligation),  and as always, there will be the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance from 4:45 PM.

8:30 am & 12:00 pm - Polish Masses
10:00 am - English Mass


Monday - Saturday:
6:00 & 8:00 am - English Masses

Monday - Friday:
7:00 pm - Polish Mass;

After 7:00 pm Polish Masses:

in May - May Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

In June - Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In October - Rosary

In November - Prayers for the souls



Every Tuesday - Polish Mass at 7:00 pm is celebrated at the church in all intentions, at the presence of the famous figure of Our Lady of Ludźmierz and recommended to Her intercession.


7:00 pm - Polish Mass with Mary's Devotion

All-day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Every Thursday between the Holy Masses at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm - the quiet adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the chapel of the Mother of Mercy. Thursday evening Mass in Polish is preceded by the Marian Devotion.

5:00 pm - English Mass

Confession: During Mass and all Sunday Masses.

First Saturday of the month:
7:00 pm - Polish Mass with Immaculate Heart of Mary's Devotion




Our Shrine

The beauty of Mount Carmel and the spiritual traditions of this place are the reasons why in the thirteenth century our religious family is born in the Church. Surrounding peace and solitude, meditation on the Word of God and work are the values uniting the hermits of Carmel around Mary, their sister and mother. In the sixteenth century thanks to the efforts of Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross, we focus on new aspects and a special tasks related to the teaching of prayer. Today we do it in various ways through: retreats, days of recollection, catechesis, scientific and publishing activities, running retreat homes, parishes and sanctuaries as well as missionary work.

In all of this, however, we are called above all to prayer which is life, and to teaching life to be a prayer!

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Our Saints:

    Saint Teresa of Jesus

    Saint John of the Cross