Thank you for your interest in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Tenafly. Of course, you are checking out our web site at this very moment. Bravo! I hope you like what you see so far. I write to extend to you a sincere invitation to come and see the community in person sometime.
What will you find? You will be greeted by a warm and friendly faith community of Catholic Christians. You will see a beautiful church. It might well give you pause to say, as others have said, “This is nice.” Then you will join a well-planned liturgy and hear good music. You might observe that the priest is kind of old. That would be me. But you will see a congregation of all ages. You will feel, I am fairly sure, that you could fit in here.
I suspect that once you’ve visited, you will want to come back again. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel you will have plenty of opportunity to go one on one with the Lord God in personal prayer. You will also be invited to participate in a variety of ministries and opportunities for community service. You will hear about a Catholic Academy that is vibrant and thriving. I believe you’ll find that the Catholic Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is an impressive and welcoming one.
I can say all this with confidence because I experienced it myself, first hand, not long ago. When I arrived at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in July 2015, the parish had just lost its former pastor, Fr. Leonard Gilman, O. Carm. very suddenly one month before to a tragic death.
The Carmelites who staff Mount Carmel for the Archdiocese of Newark asked me to step in. I am honored to do so and would be pleased to shake your hand and welcome you in person whenever you decide to check us out.
Come and see!
Sincerely yours in Christ and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
Fr. Dan O’Neill, O. Carm.