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 CANADA

The Carmelites of the PCM Province have been serving the people of Ontario, Canada, since 1875. Currently the province administered two parishes, the historic Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and St. Patrick’ Church in Niagara Falls, ON. The Monastery of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls is a foundation of the province. It currently houses the Carmelite Spiritual Centre (with accommodations for 86 retreatants), the Society of the Little Flower (promoting the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux), a religious gift shop, and the Monastery Wine Cellars.

The Province previously administered St. John of the Cross parish in Mississauga, ON and St. John Vianney Parish in Barrie, ON. The Barrie was returned to the diocese and the Carmelites from the Province of St. Thomas in India now administer St. John of the Cross parish.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace stands above the mighty Niagara on the traditional site where Fr. Hennepin celebrated Mass on December 11, 1678. Fr. Edward Gordon founded the Catholic parish, the second on the Niagara peninsula, as St. Edward’s church in 1837. In 1861, “the little church above the falls,” as it was affectionately called, was elevated to the dignity of a pilgrimage shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Peace.

In October 1875 the Carmelites arrived in Falls View and took over administration of Our Lady of Peace, residing in the rectory-monastery on the escarpment overlooking the Canadian falls which was expanded eventually to house the expanding community which included students. In 1893 ground was broken for a hospice was erected to provide respite for visitors and host pilgrims. In 1896 the Third Provincial Chapter was held there. In 1926 this building was expanded to provide more space for Carmelite students at various levels of formation. A magnificent chapel was added at the center of the building. A disastrous fire in 1967 destroyed most of the original hospice building and forced the transfer of the college level formation program to be moved to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1979 all of the formation programs were moved out of the Monastery and the foundation was returned to its original purpose--- as a centre for spiritual renewal.
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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.