Carmelite Events

An Article: Enhancing Staff Training

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sr. Kevin Patricia Lynch, O.Carm.

As nursing home administrators navigate through new regulations, changing demography of the long-term care market and complex resident needs, well-rounded staff education is critical to improving quality of resident care.

St. Patrick's Home Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in the Bronx, NY, a member of the Carmelite System, has been providing care to the community for nearly 90 years. We strive to find collaborative ways to provide high quality care that meets the needs of today's elderly. Quality is important in everything that we do.

FULL ARTICLE FROM MCKNIGHT

 


 


Lenten Afternoon Retreat

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Mother Angeline Heritage Center offers a Saturday Lenten Retreat starting March 4 through April 8 from 1-4 pm.  This is a great opportunity to enter deeply into the Lenten season as you enjoy the quiet and prayerful grounds of the Carmelite Sisters' Motherhouse.  Details on RSVP and the description of the afternoon can be found on the flyer below.

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100th Fatima Centenary

Saturday, February 04, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

The year 2017 marks the 100th year of Mary’s apparitions to the three children at Fatima, Portugal.  In order to celebrate with dignity this centennial, Pope Francis has mandated a Jubilee Year, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from November 27, 2016 to November 26, 2017.

You can read more about it HERE.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York  held an Enthronement Ceremony of a special statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on February 4, 2017.  There was Mass celebrated by Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., Scriptural Rosary participated by both Lay Carmelites, Carmelites in initial formation and the public at large.  Our novice Sister Philomena and I attended.  Below is a short history of the Statue of Mount Carmel installed at the Shrine as found in the booklet circulated at the event:

 

"In the final Fatima vision on October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, clothed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and holding the Brown Scapular in her hands.

Lucia joined the Discalced Carmelite nuns in 1947.  Father Donald O’Callaghan, O.Carm. and Father Albert Ward, O.Carm. visited Sister Lucia at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal to speak with her about how Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the last vision.

With the help of Father Louis Gonzaga Oliveira, O.Carm., Father O’Callaghan commissioned the famous sculptor, Jose Ferreira Thedim to create a statue based on Sister Lucia’s interpretation of the vision.  The statue embodies the vision exactly as described by Sister Lucia.  Our Lady is holding the Brown Scapular in her hand.  The presence of Jesus as a child in this vision is also significant because he seems to be waiting and anxious to receive into his small arms all who will take the scapular.

The statue of the final vision was blessed on September 13, 1949 by the Bishop of Fatima before being shipped to New York.  It was displayed at Our Lady of the Scapular Carmelite Parish in Manhattan and blessed by Francis Cardinal Spellman on July 16, 1950.

The Carmelites left Our Lady of the Scapular-St. Stephen’s in 2007 but the statue remained in Manhattan.  In November 2014, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm. asked that the statue be returned to the Carmelites of the Saint Elias Province and in July 2015 it was brought back to Middletown, New York.

Father Michael Kissane, O.Carm. directed that the statue be cleaned and restored to its former beauty.Plans are currently underway to have it permanently installed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York."

 


 

 

 

 

 



The 44th March for Life

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

On January 27, 2017, Sister Philomena and I joined the hundreds of thousands of participants at the 44 th March for Life gathered in Washington DC.  It was a remarkable event, awe-inspiring, as people of all ages, religious and political backgrounds, gathered to show their united and overwhelming support to defend Life.

Even though this event was initially organized to end abortion legalized by the Roe vs. Wade court decision in 1973, the sweeping tide of the culture of death manifested in laws allowing for physician-assisted suicide and the widespread acceptance of the euthanasia mentality in our society, brought together people advocating for the elderly, the handicapped, the marginalized and the infirm.

We joined Rev. Robert Bubel and his parishioners at Saint Mary St. Peter Parish in Kingston, NY and left the parking lot at 5:10 am. We picked up a group of young people and the St. Augustine parishioners with their pastor half an hour later.The bus was 55 marchers full!The weather was exceptionally sunny compared to the previous years (there was a blizzard last year) , the strong wind gusts made it uncomfortably cold.  Even though as in every rally security was tight, it was exceptionally so this year because of the presence of VP Mike Pence who was one of the invited speakers.The mood was very joyful, with religious sisters, brothers, friars and clergy heavily notable in the crowd.  Sister Philomena and I held up our poster, which garnered some attention, with two groups asking permission if they could take a photo of us and the poster, for television! God only knows where it would show up! Keep your eyes open! We ended the day with a Mass offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

We returned after 1:00 am, wearied in body but buoyed up in spirit. It was great to be able to witness at the March for our elderly residents.  It was wonderful to be  part of something big- something bigger than we are.  We hope to be able to do this again next year!

 

 

 


R.I.P Sister Elizabeth Eugene Costello, O.Carm.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Elizabeth Eugene, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick's Manor, Framingham, MA.  Sr. Elizabeth was in the 80 th year of her religious life, a very special Jubilee Year.

Margaret Ellen Costello was born on the West Side of NYC on December 29, 1919 to Owen and Elizabeth (Wilson) Costello who were from Ireland. On February 2, 1937, at 17 years of age, she was accepted into the Congregation by the now Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, and began a life of dedication to the aged and infirm in a Community that was eight years old at the time.  She made her Final Profession of Vows on December 9, 1942.

Her Vow of Obedience took Sr. Elizabeth to many places - some for brief periods of time - including Mt. Carmel Home, NYC; St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY; Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA, and Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI.Longer periods were spent at St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1950-1951 & 1954-1960); St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati, OH (1964-1979); St. Rita’s Home, Columbus, OH (1951-1954 & 1979-1985); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (1985-2006), and Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, Columbus, OH (2006-2014). Her final Obedience brought her to St. Patrick’s Manor (2014-2017).  Entrusted with leadership positions beginning in the early 1950’s, for many years Sr. Elizabeth served the Sisters and residents as Superior and Administrator. In her later years she ministered in Pastoral Care and was a peaceful, calming presence to all the residents she served.

A gentle, prayerful and gracious woman who loved her Community and her family, Sr. M. Elizabeth Eugene will always be a very important part of our Congregation’s history, and a true treasure to her Sisters in Carmel.  During her final days she could be heard speaking to Mother Angeline who welcomed her as a young girl into the Community eighty years ago. We know that Mother Angeline joyfully welcomed her faithful daughter once again!

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DERMOT COLE (SR. ELIZABETH'S NEPHEW)

WAKE:

Sunday, January 29, 2017  2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 01701

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 201710:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA 01701

BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 20172:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

Germantown, NY 

 


33rd Anniversary of Venerable Mother Angeline Teresa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 33rd anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's passing to eternal life on January 21, 2017.  The celebration was held at Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  The theme chosen for this celebration was "Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Model of Hospitality." The event was attended by the McCrory family, Avila Carmelite Sisters, invited guests  and the Carmelite Friars  pre-Novices and Novices.  The Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the principal celebrant.  Other members of the clergy con-celebrating with Father Mario were Rev. Joseph Finch, Rev. Patrick Buckley, Rev. Paul Denault, O.Carm., Rev. James Dorr, CM, Rev. Timothy Ennis, O.Carm., Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm. and Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm.

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was also born on the same day of her death which made it a double celebration!

Below is the homily given by Father Mario during the Mass.

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PHOTOS AT SAINT TERESA'S MOTHERHOUSE

 

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Ozanam Hall Nursing Home of Queens, NY held their own celebration, as did all the other nursing facilities in different States, operated by the Carmelite Sisters.  Below are photos of Bishop Neil Tiedemann, CP blessing the residents of Ozanam Hall and sharing this special day with our Sisters.

 



 





R.I.P Sister Julia Marie Connolly, O.Carm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

Sister Julia Marie, O.Carm. passed peacefully to eternal life on the morning of January 4, 2017 in the 59 th year of her religious life.  Sr. Brigid De Lourdes was with Sr. Julia at the time of her death, and was immediately joined by Sr. Michelle Anne and Sr. Maureen McDonough. The Sisters from St. Patrick’s Manor and Marian Manor were a supportive presence during the last few days.

Mary Connolly was born in Boston, MA on February 18, 1938 to John and Julia (Burns) Connolly, who had come to the United States from Ireland.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1958, Sr. Julia Marie professed first vows on June 9, 1961 and perpetual vows on April 17, 1966.   Her missions included Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Josephine Baird Home (NYC), Marian Manor (Boston, MA), St. Patrick’s Home (Bronx, NY) and St. Patrick’s Manor (Framingham, MA) where she was assigned from 1973-1997 and 2009-2017, and was a loving presence to the residents of both St. Patrick’s and Carmel Terrace.

Sr. Julia kept abreast of world events and politics, and often tuned in to Fox News.   More importantly, her love for the residents was evident because when a resident spoke to Sr. Julia, she gave that resident her undivided attention and made each one feel as though he or she was the only person in the world. Many confided in her, sharing their burdens and cares because they knew she was truly listening.  Sr. Julia Marie, affectionately called “The Jewel” by her Sisters, has left us for the longed for “pearl of great price” but will remain forever close in our minds and hearts.

 


Saint John of the Cross, Carmelite

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sr. Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

   

photo: Google

Feast Day: December 14th

Carmelite, Mystic, Doctor of the Church

The Carmelite Order celebrates the feast of Saint John of the Cross on December 14th. Saint John is first of my favorite male Saints, with St. Francis De Sales, as my second. Humanly speaking, his life was a story of poverty and sufferings but spiritually, it was a story of love between a creature and the Creator. To know Saint John we need to know some basic facts about him.

Juan de Yepes was born June 24, 1542 in Fontiveros, Spain. He had two brothers, Francisco and Luis. Luis died as a small child after his father's death. His father, Gonzalo De Yepes, belonged to a noble family of silk merchants. His mother, Catalina Alvarez, was an orphan girl who was raised by a local family and earned her living as a weaver. The two met when Gonzalo was on a business trip. Gonzalo fell in love with this attractive young woman and the two married "out of love" without the blessing of the Yepes family. Gonzalo was disinherited and the couple raised their family in hard work and financial straits but full of love and dedication. When Gonzalo died, Catalina was left to care for the boys. Life proved to be very difficult for her and the small family of three lived in abject poverty. Catalina assumed the heavy responsibility of feeding and raising her children. She was forced to move from place to place to look for a good paying job that would help her to meet even the bare necessities of life. This childhood experience of self-sacrificing love will form John and he would develop this subject and used it as a structure in his explanation of the Divine love of God and the standard of what our own response to God's love should be. His sayings of: "Where there is no love, put love and you will find love," "Love is repaid by love alone," "In the evening of life you will be examined in love," "When you experience something unpleasant, look at Jesus Crucified and be silent," are all sentiments formed by his own experience of self-emptying love.

Catalina was described as a very devout Christian woman who brought up her sons "with the greatest Christian spirit, and encouraged them to be devoted to the Mother of God." Years later, Saint John would recount a story of his childhood. He had fallen into a pond and a very beautiful lady appeared and stretched her hand to him in the motion of helping him. Young Juan refused to extend his hand to her because he did not want to get her dirty. A workman with a pole eventually fished him out of the pond and rescued him. Saint John often said that it was for this reason that he was very devoted and fond of Our Lady.
 
We cannot speak of Saint John without mentioning Saint Teresa of Avila. The two met when St. John went back to Medina del Campo to celebrate his First Mass after ordination. He had entered the Carmelites but felt unhappy thinking he was called to a more austere life of the Carthusians. St. Teresa had founded a reformed Carmelite community of nuns in the same town and was beginning a process of finding men to join her reform for the friars. This was to be a providential meeting. They met and talked and St. John confided to her his plans. St. Teresa for her part convinced John to join her reform and assured him that whatever he was looking for with the Carthusians, he would find in the Reformed Carmel. John agreed provided that he did not have to wait long.  John and Teresa suffered much for the reform of Carmel. It resulted in St. John being held prisoner for 9 months in a Toledo cell by his fellow Carmelite brothers. True to the practice of the times, he received the beatings and penalty imposed on a "renegade " religious. He was in a solitary confinement, deprived of any kind of mental or physical activity, in the cold and dark prison cell with a very small window to allow a little bit of light to enter. When the time ordained by God came, he escaped and made his way to a monastery of Reformed Carmelite Nuns in Toledo. They barely recognized him for they found him emaciated, confused and looking barely alive.
 
St. John's experience in imprisonment brought with it a purification of the purest quality. It would bring out the sparkle already in the diamond that was St. John. It produced the most beautiful poetry Spain  ever had, the 'Spiritual Canticle." John of the Cross would serve the Discalced Order in a spiritual way. He is considered to be the co-founder of the Order along with Saint Teresa of Avila. He died in Ubeda December 14, 1591 from a blood poisoning originating from a gangrenous ulcerated leg sore. He was beatified by Pope Clement January 25, 1675. His canonization occurred 50 years later on December 27, 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Pius XI August 24, 1926.
 
Personally, I love Saint John because he is a true voice of Truth. He is dependable because he doesn't water down the demands of the Gospel. He points to what is true and necessary and does not mince words to soften the blow. He challenges but at the same time he comforts with his words of love and understanding. He demands but at the same time understands the frailty of human nature. He holds up an ideal but makes room for human weakness. He feeds us with the solid meat of the spiritual. He is austere but at the same time poetic and eloquent. He speaks of mortification and detachment but always in the context of loving. He reminds us that we are special and loved by God. He reminds that we have been bought by the blood and death of Jesus and that nothing - no suffering, no trial, no persecution- can ever make us repay what He did out of love. Except to love Him back.

Saint John wrote his major works of The Dark Night, Ascent of Mount Carmel, Spiritual Canticle and Living Flame of Love. He also wrote some prose, prayers and Counsels. We have some surviving letters he wrote.   Saint John of the Cross is known as the Doctor of the Dark Night. That is an inaccurate description. His dark night was only a means to the greater end of transforming union in love. He is a Doctor of Love. Only if we see him in this light, will we cease to be afraid of him and his doctrine.

What is St. John's relevance in our modern day and age?  I believe first and foremost that he, like John the Baptist", is the voice that cries in the wilderness, "make straight the way of the Lord!" His voice bears the impact of conscience.  Our lives can become filled with so many needs, longings and wants, ambitions and plans.  We find our plates full , and yet, still go away hungry and thirsty.  We find ourselves in a world of options and freedoms, and yet, find ourselves enslaved and limited.   We find ourselves soaring so high in our spiritual adventure, and suddenly, find ourselves on a rapid descent and sometimes ending with a fatal crash on the ground of life.  What does John of the Cross say to all these?  "On the way to the mountain, nothing, nothing, nothing. And at the top of the mountain, still nothing."  (Ascent of Mount Carmel).  God is much greater than all the goods of this earth.  Much greater than the loftiest of our spiritual experiences.  Much greater than our mind can conceive.  He teaches us that the ascent to union with God is accomplished in darkness and nakedness.  He teaches that God is not found AFTER the darkness passes, but that God is IN the darkness, and to embrace this darkness is the surest way to find God.  Faith, Hope and Love, the three things that last.  In the end, these are the surest guides we can depend on. We are living in these times of faith-crisis.  We look for signs and miracles.  We exalt grand spiritual experiences and gravitate to what our intellect can understand.  We are confronted by worldly idols and created some ourselves.  We put out our hands and frantically grab whatever makes us happy, only to be disappointed because they all make us feel empty.  In short, we look for God in all the wrong places.  St. John invites us to journey WITHIN.

 

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us!

R.I.P Sister Patricia Francis Keating, O.Carm.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Patricia Francis, O.Carm. died peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home on the morning of November 19, 2016, with the Sisters at  her bedside. Sr. Patricia Francis was in the 56 th year of her Religious Life.

Annie Mary Keating was born on August 1, 1933, entered the Congregation on September 7, 1960, and received the Habit on April 3, 1961.  She professed first vows on April 17, 1963 and made her perpetual profession on July 1, 1967.

In the early years of her religious life Sr. Francis was assigned to Cathedral Faculty House, St. Joseph’s Seminary and Mater Christi Seminary.  She was later assigned to Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1971-1974), St. Teresa’s Manor, Manchester, NH (1974-1982), and Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin, Ireland, where she spent twenty-six years of her religious life (1982-2008). While at Our Lady’s Manor she worked in various areas of the Home including Housekeeping, Dietary, and Activities, and also helped keep the Refectory in good order.  She returned to the United States in 2008 upon being assigned to her final mission, St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY, where her health steadily declined.

Sr. Francis loved to knit dolls used for raffle prizes for the Homes and did that right up until the time she broke her wrist.  She also loved her word search books and enjoyed time in the “pub” with her ginger ale, socializing with the residents.

Sr. M. Patricia Francis was welcomed Home by our beloved deceased Sisters during this month of the Holy Souls and now rejoices in their company.As we remember them, may they also remember us!

WAKE:

Wednesday, November 30, 20162:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel (With Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.)

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Thursday, December 1, 201610:00 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

 

BURIAL:

Thursday, December 1, 20162:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, New York 12526


 


R.I.P Sister Rosemary Ann Rubocki, O.Carm.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister Rosemary Ann, O.Carm. died peacefully late in the evening of November 18, 2016 with the Sisters and her family present.  Sr. Rosemary was in the 34 th year of her Religious Life.

Rosemary Ann Rubocki was born on January 13, 1950 in Joliet, IL to Paul and Elizabeth (Elias) Rubocki.  She originally received the Habit on March 30, 1970 but left before making final profession.  After five years she entered again on June 4, 1982, professed temporary vows on June 5, 1983 and professed perpetual vows on December 8, 1984.  Always responding to a call to Carmel, Sr. Rosemary also spent time in a Carmelite Monastery and a Carmelite Hermitage as a transfer Sister.

Sr. Rosemary’s assignments included St. Joseph’s Manor, Villa Teresa, Ferncliff Nursing Home (1985-1991), St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2003-2007), St. Margaret Hall (2007-2013), and was twice at  St. Patrick’s Residence, most recently since 2013. Over the years she served as Prioress, Assistant Administrator, Postulant Director, and Community Archivist, during which time she assisted in preparing the documentation needed to advance the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa.  Having been trained as a Social Worker, Sr. Rosemary was the Director of Social Service while at St. Patrick’s Residence the first time.  During her second assignment there, as she carried the cross of illness, she again tapped into her social work training by extending a listening ear to residents and families and offering them her prayerful support.

All the Carmelite Saints and all the Carmelite Souls have welcomed Sr. Rosemary Ann into the heavenly kingdom, and we rejoice in knowing that she now beholds for all eternity the face of the Living God.

WAKE:

Monday, November 28, 20162:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel(with Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.)

St. Patrick’s Residence

1400 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Tuesday, November 29, 201610:00 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

Naperville, IL 60563

BURIAL:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 

Burial will follow the Mass

 Resurrection Cemetery  

Romeoville, IL