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by Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.
On April 10 – 12, 2017, twenty Little Sisters of the Poor from various locations within the Baltimore and New York Provinces came to Altoona, PA to attend a professional workshop, which was also being attended by Carmelite Sisters Sr. Jacinta Mary and Sr. Joachim Anne.
In the spirit of Hospitality, the Sisters were invited to attend daily Mass at Garvey Manor during their stay, and on the evening of April 11, they joined the Carmelite Sisters’ Community in Carmel Hall at Garvey Manor for dinner. It was very enjoyable to meet so many of the Little Sisters, to share stories and compare experiences from our mutual heritage through Mother Angeline Teresa. A few ‘French’ tunes were even sung – favorites of the Little Sisters and of our Foundress Mother Angeline Teresa.
Photo Courtesy: Daily Freeman News
The Carmelite Sisters attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Ferncliff’s Center for Neurodegenerative Care in Rhinebeck, NY. His Eminence celebrated Mass and blessed the Center during the grand opening ceremony for the residents, family members, caregivers and community leaders. You can find coverage of the event by visiting the following links:
1. Daily Freeman
2. Poughkeepsie Journal
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.
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.
Lenten Afternoon Retreat (137 KB)
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."
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
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!
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!
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
Monday, January 30, 20172:00 p.m.
Queen of Carmel Cemetery
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.
Homily 33rd Anniversary (113 KB)
PHOTOS AT SAINT TERESA'S MOTHERHOUSE
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.
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.