Frequently Asked Questions

Who offers the Novena Masses and where are they offered?

All of the Novena Masses are offered by me (Fr. Maximilian Mary of Jesus Crucified). Since I am currently the chaplain to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Fairfield, PA, all of the Novena Masses are offered in their Chapel unless they have a visiting priest (which is rare); if there is a visiting priest during the time of the Novena then on that day I offer the Mass on the altar in my Chapel at St. Joseph Hermitage.

Can I enroll the deceased in the Easter or Christmas Novena?

Yes. The All Souls Novnea is for the deceased only whereas Easter and Christmas are for anyone living or deceased.

Father, can you offer Gregorian Masses for the deceased and do you accept Mass intentions (including private Mass novenas)?

No. As chaplain to the Discalced Carmelites in Fairfield, PA, I receive my Mass intentions from them except on those rare occasions when they have a visiting priest.

Do you offer spiritual direction? Do you give talks or retreats?

No. My role in the Mystical Body of Christ is that of prayer, solitude and penance.

Have you ever thought about founding a community?

My vocation is that of a solitary hermit in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. I am not called to found a community or a “laura” of hermits. The greatest thing I can do for others who are discerning Franciscan or solitary life is to be faithful to my own Rule of Life as a hermit and to pray for them.

Can I send you my prayer intentions?

Yes, by all means – use the Contact Page and I will keep your intentions in my prayers. Praying for your needs and intentions is part of my job description.

Are donations tax deductible?

No. Due to changes made by the USCCB and the IRS in 2017 my Hermitage does not qualify to be inserted into the Official Catholic Directory and I have no plans to set up a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation with board members, meetings, by-laws, etc. Donations are most welcome, but it’s basically like giving money to the poor (and therefore not tax deductible).

Chapel of St. Joseph Hermitage

Chapel of St. Joseph’s Hermitage