Join Carmelites (on their app) for St John of the Cross Novena

Download the app and join the Carmelites! Novena to St. John of the Cross starts December 5. Novenas on the Carmelite Institute’s free app come in audio/video formats and offer automatic notifications so you don’t miss a day.

While you have the app, consider it your unique opportunity to engage the lively intellectual and spiritual treasures members of the Carmelite Order have enjoyed for 800 years. Now you can bask in that world of Carmel that inspired its great saints like St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa Beniedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and many others.

Developing a rich, contemplative prayer life aiding you in spiritual union with God is the essence of Carmelite spirituality. While ancient in origin (the Carmelite Order was established in the 13th century), the lessons are timeless, and leading Carmelite scholars are masters at applying teachings to modern living.

Carmelites revel in simplicity which this app reflects. Brought to you by the Carmelite Institute of North America, Thais app offers three portals on the Home Screen to videos, the Institute’s website, and Novenas.

A wide range of videos include lectures/presentations on Carmelite history and spirituality.

The link to the Institute’s website opens up the rich array of conferences, reflections, webinars, historical classes, days of recollection and retreats offered by the institute. Some are even live-streamed. Costs vary for programming–most are pretty minimal. Many video offerings are free. The more in-depth series and conferences certainly are a bargain when you consider you don’t have to physically travel to attend lectures by renown Carmelite scholars.

That’s why this app is an ideal companion if you find it impossible to attend an in-person retreat or day of recollection. Join the Carmelites from the comfort of your home!

You must be connected to the internet to use this app.

Check out this video for details.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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