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As holy sites go, the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel should be at the top of list for Catholics visiting New York. There have been several documented miracles that have been performed by the Blessed Mother at this Shrine. The image located here was proclaimed miraculous by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII and crowned during the pontificate of Pope St. Pius X on July 10th, 1904. It is one of the 3 most holy sites in the Americas as coronated by Pontifical Authority.
The two others are Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Orleans, and the Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico. The Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was built in 1884 AD by the neighborhood's Italian immigrant parishioners in the style of an Italian mountain village basilica. The church has been the center of a religious feast each July for the past 130 years. In one particular occasion, there were 500,000 people attending the feast.
Today, services are offered in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish and Latin.
We welcome visitors from all creeds and walks of life, and encourage you to experience a full day filled with meditation, prayer, and the powerful presence of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Her Pontifical Shrine.
Whether you are traveling in a group or individually, there is no cost to visit the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
If you plan to make the trip alone or with a parish or group and need to stay in our Parish Pilgrim House, we simply ask that you fill out the following form so that we can prepare for your arrival. Your own priests are very welcome and can use our Pilgrim House Chapel if needed that is available 24/7 for Pilgrims.
We encourage You to participate in all prayers in our Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel that are updated in our Parish Bulletin.