PILGRIMAGES & RETREATS
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel offers pilgrims a daily retreat that can be organized according to your needs, or our own specific retreat theme can be offered. A typical day of retreat includes a continental breakfast, shrine tour, time for individual or group prayer, lunch, a short reflection talk or personal time for exploring the outdoor shrines and beautiful grounds on your own. A Catholic gift shop stop is also a highlight of the retreat day.
frequently asked questions
do I need to call prior to making
a personal visit to the shrine?
No you do not need to call prior to making a personal visit.
can i just stop in for confession
or see a priest any day?
Priests are available for confession by appointment only or may possibly be available when you are here for a visit.
is food available for purchase
at the shrine?
The shrine does not have food for purchase or a cafeteria on the premises.
are there restaurants
in the local area?
There are many restaurants less than 5 or 10 minutes away from the shrine. Please call the shrine office at 845-343-1879 for suggestions and we will help you find a restaurant that will meet your needs.
what is the best time to make a visit to the shrine?
The shrine is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Masses are celebrated Monday through Friday at 11:30 am and Sundays at 12:00noon. Confessions are held on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and there is no Mass celebrated on Saturday. Pilgrimages can be planned any day except Sunday and personal visits can be made any day.