Order of Carmelites
Order of Carmelites
Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
Legally incorporated as 'Society of Mount Carmel'
Provincial Office
1317 Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 630.971.0050
PCM in United States

The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary has its origins in the Carmelite monastery in Straubing, Germany, a small town in the Bavarian region of Germany. Straubing was the only German house to survive the suppressions of the 19th century and was until recently the oldest house in continuous use in the Order. Two members of this community, Fr. Cyril Knoll and Fr. Xavier Huber, emigrated to the United States in early May 1864 at the invitation of the Ursuline sisters who had emigrated from Straubing to Kentucky a few years prior. The Carmelites arrived in New York City on May 22, 1864 and began their trip to Louisville to serve the fast growing German population in that city.

Because the Kentucky diocese was in-between bishops, the Carmelites were unable to secure a ministry and became restless. They accepted the administration of St. Joseph Parish in Sellersburg, Indiana. They eventually decided to move to Leavenworth, Kansas, where the local bishop, Bishop Miege, welcomed them. It became apparent that a foundation in Kansas alone would not allow Carmel to survive so a foundation was made in Cumberland, Maryland with several missions (1866), Englewood, New Jersey (1869), New Baltimore, Pennsylvania (1870), Paducah, Kentucky with several mission churches (1870), Louisville (1873), and Niagara Falls, Ontario (1975).

The expansion beyond Kansas meant that English speakers were needed. So the vicar general, Angelo Savino, sent newly ordained Irish and Dutch priests. A commissariat was erected in 1881 under Fr. Anastasius Smits which then became a province in 1890 with Fr. Pius Mayer as the first prior provincial.
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At its centenary, the Province had spread throughout the United States with some 300 members
The Carmelites of the PCM Province have been serving the people of Canada since 1875.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
The PCM Province is expanding greatly in Mexico and, recently, in El Salvador.
Once a handful of missions, now rapidly growing in the Order.