Welcome to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Munster, Indiana

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

1 Krl 19, 10


Beginning Sunday, July 5,

we will return to the regular Mass schedule for Sundays:

8:30 AM and 12:00 PM (in Polish) and 10:00 AM (in English)

On Saturdays, evening Masses (for the Sunday):

5:00 PM  (in English) and an additional Mass at 7:00 PM (in Polish)

Upcoming Events

You are Invited

8-9 August

The 33rd Marian Walking Pilgrimage of the Polish Diaspora,


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this year’s Walking Pilgrimage from Chicago to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Merrville HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Also, we wish to inform you that the municipal authorities of Munster prohibit all informal pilgrimages, and local police will strictly enforce this ban. Our sanctuary cannot offer accommodations or pastoral care to any informal group of pilgrims or individuals who will not comply with this banning order.

August 16

Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludźmierz

We cordially invite all worshippers of Our Lady of Ludzmierz to Podhale fair. This year, however, it will be in limited form:


- Saturday, August 15, on the Vigil of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludzmierz, we invite you to the Marian Prayer Vigil. The program includes: adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, songs of praise and a biblical conference. Beginning at 6:00 PM (at the church, free admission)


- Sunday, August 16, there WILL BE NO Mass in front of the Grotto of Our Lady (Holy Masses will be celebrated INSIDE THE CHURCH). In order to enable all pilgrims to participate in the Holy Mass, additional Masses in Polish will be celebrated on that day at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.


Due to the current safety guidelines and limitations - for this Sunday’s Mass INVITATIONS will be required. Invitations - one per person - will be available in our office beginning next Sunday (August 2).


On the day of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludzmierz, we will offer a possibility to purchase a dinner served at the Banquet Hall, or a hot meal and/or snacks (ice cream, coffee, etc.) at the Highlander’s shed in our garden. We will begin taking dinner reservations for Banquet Hall meal on Sunday, August 2 in our office.


Please observe all current restrictions and safety regulations (face masks, hand sanitation, etc.). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


for those who would like to participate in the public holy mass:


  • Because the status of the pandemic in the USA has not subsided, despite the relaxing of certain restrictions, we continue to remind everyone of the obligatory guidelines and recommendations.  
  • We kindly request that everyone be careful, to wear protective masks during Holy Mass each day, both Sunday and weekdays, and to disinfect your hands when you enter and leave the church.  
  • We continue to recommend that you receive Holy Communion in the hand, and persons who receive in this way will receive first.  Let us take special care above all of those people who are older than 65, so that they may feel safe.  
  • All Holy Masses will continue to be celebrated only in Church (the chapel will remain closed).


We thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation.

August 2020 pastoral program

August 1: First Saturday of the Month

Holy Masses in English:  6:00 AM, 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Mass in Polish with First Saturday devotion at 7:00 PM

Confessions from 4:45 PM (Church).

August 2: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish at 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM

Holy Mass in English at 10:00 AM

Confessions during each Holy Mass.

August 7: First Friday of the Month

Masses in English:  6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Mass in Polish at 7:00 PM

Confessions in the Church from 6:30 PM.

On this day, there WILL NOT be all-night Fatima devotions with Eucharistic adoration.

August 9: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish at 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM

Holy Mass in English at 10:00 AM

Confessions during each Holy Mass.

August 13: Fatima Rosary Devotion - 7:00 PM - (in English)

August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Holy Masses in English:  6:00 AM, 8:00 AM

Holy Masses in Polish at 7:00 PM

Vigil of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludźmierz

– A Marian Prayer Vigil (Eucharistic adoration): 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Church)

August 16: 20th Sunday / Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludźmierz

Participation in a Holy Mass (in Polish!) during Solemnity of Our Lady of Ludźmierz only with the INVITATION. You can pick up the INVITATION in the Monastery Office for a specific Holy Mass. Because there is a limit on the number of people per one Holy Mass, to enable everyone to participate in Holy Mass, we decided to celebrate an additional Holy Mass in Polish at 3:00 PM.

Holy Masses in Polish at 8:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM;

Holy Mass in English at 10:00 AM

Confessions during each Holy Mass

4:00 PM – Marian Vespers

August 23: 21th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish at 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM

Holy Mass in English at 10:00 AM

Confessions during each Holy Mass.

August 30: 22th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Masses in Polish at 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM

Holy Mass in English at 10:00 AM

Confessions during each 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