Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence



The Nuns of the Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence are members of the Discalced Carmelite Order. They live a contemplative life. Their apostolate is prayer and sacrifice for the needs of the Church and the world. Theirs is a life of solitude, silence, and sacrifice modeled on the life of our Blessed Mother. Its purpose is to glorify God and to draw down graces for the sanctification of priests and the salvation of souls.

The Nuns make solemn vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity and observe strict enclosure in order to foster their life of prayer and contemplation. They follow the Primitive rule of Carmel according to the way of life instituted by Saint Teresa of Jesus in the sixteenth century, lived also by Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in the nineteenth, and still observed today, with slight modifications which Vatican II required of the daily schedule.


“Three years ago, the Sisters of Mercy closed our convent and the last vestige of having religious sisters living in the parish ended.

It is important I think for every parish to have an association with the Consecrated Life and so, to find a community of Sisters we could relate to in some way and set up a partnership of prayer with them, is something I thought we should do.

We found the Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady of Divine Providence. This community of Sisters are cloistered Carmelites which mean they have devoted themselves completely to communal life and the practice of the virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the walls of their convent.

The prioress Mother Marie-Ange of the Eucharistic Heart: has agreed to partner with us in prayer which is wonderful! A whole convent of nuns praying for our intentions and a whole parish praying for the sisters! A small note, Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified formally of the Carmel in Philadelphia now resides there, which was a happy coincidence upon our contact with the sisters.  

My intention is to celebrate some of the big Feast Days for Carmelites, such as the nine-day novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Triduum of Saint Theresa of Lisieux and of course our own Triduum for the Mother of Divine Providence. And then, on the Sunday commemorating the Consecrated Life, we will offer a collection for the needs of the Community.

It is my hope that this collaboration in prayer will bring many graces to our parish and for the Sisters of Carmel.”


– Father Martin T. Cioppi


Letters from The Carmel


13th of April, 2022

“Thank you for your most gracious letter. It is certainly a joy to share devotion to our Lady of Divine Providence with you and also the great blessing of our Carmelite spirituality.”

“God is certainly and expert in fine details and your contact with this Carmel is one of them. This is a wonderful community. You can tell your parishioners that it is a good size with many sisters and those in formation. They take their vocation seriously and value our heritage.”

“Tomorrow is Holy Thursday are we will be praying for all the priests gathered at the Basilica under Archbishop Perez.” 

“Again, please know how grateful we are for the friendship and spiritual support- and Our Mother of Divine Providence Parish. You all certainly have ours.” 

– Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, OCD


7th of March, 2022

“Since I am the last surviving nun of Philadelphia Carmel, and since our tradition and charism is to live in community, I have now transferred my residence to the community of Carmelite nuns in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.” 

“I feel very much at home; thank God Who, in His Loving Providence, brought me to live with his community here. The Prioress, Mother Marie Ange, assures you all that this Carmel of Lake Elmo has adopted the friends and benefactors of the Philadelphia Carmel, and she wants them to know that they are remembered in daily prayer. 


– Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, OCD


31st of January, 2022

“Praised be Jesus Christ! It is certainly a small world. Today our Prioress showed me a letter from Our Mother of Divine Providence in King of Prussia and asked if I knew of it. The Holy Spirit brings all things together. 

“I transferred here and arrived last week from Philadelphia. This is a little Carmel and thank God the nuns here had the huge charity to take me in. You chose a good religious house for your “adoption.” I can assure you that the nuns will be faithful to you and your parish by offering their prayers and sacrifice for the holiness of your parishioners.”

– Mother Pia of Jesus Crucified, OCD


Mother of Divine Providence

The icon of Mother of Divine Providence artistically expresses a two-fold truth of our Catholic faith: that all God’s children are sustained and protected by his loving providence through the maternal mediation of Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our Mother. Various details of the Icon Indicate this. 

The hands of the Infant Jesus, which uphold all creation, rest entwined in the hands in his Virgin Mother, as if to show that He shares with her his saving power and has entrusted into her hands the mission of spirituality mothering all his children. She nurtures our life in God and provides for our needs. 

The eyes of Jesus and Mary meet in a loving gaze: their hearts are united and their wills are in harmony; together they fulfill the merciful designs which the providence of God has decreed for man-kind. Our heavenly Father desires to draw us into an intimate communion with Himself, hi Son, and the Holy Spirit. This communion embodied here in the embrace of the Mother and her divine Son. 

The white inner veil of our Lady serves also to pillow the infants head, indicating that Mary herself is a comfort and consolation to her Son. The pure and heavenly love of God has encompassed the Virgin and has encompassed the Virgin and has found a dwelling place within her heart, making her a source of goodness and peace for the world. Mary cultivates this goodness in us, her children, in order that we may put on the mind of Christ and be built up in his love. The cross is present in the gold design of the pillow to indicate that, even as a child, Christ is vividly aware of his passion. The solace he finds in His mother’s arms provides an example for us to imitate amidst the struggles and dears of this life. The recurrence of this same design in the Virgins’ veil symbolizes her solidarity with her Son. An ancient tradition relates that our Lady used her veil to cover our Lord when He was stripped of his garments on Calvary. Here we are reminded that an essential feature of a mother’s provide and care for her children is to clothe them, often in garments She herself has made. Adorned as she is with the fullness of God’s grace, Mary clothes her willing sons and daughters with God’s own grace; thus truly is she our Mother of Divine Providence.