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SAINT TERESA OF JESUS

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

ARTICLE SOURCE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITES

Known to her family as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, she became the reformer of Carmel, mother of the Discalced Carmelite nuns and friars, "spiritual mother" (as is engraved under her statue in the Vatican Basilica), patron of Catholic writers (from 1965) and Doctor of the Church (1970), the first woman with Saint Catherine of Siena to ever receive this last title. She was born at Avila in Castile, Spain, on 28th March 1515 and died in Alba de Tormes, near Salamanca, on 4th October 1582 (a correction due to the Gregorian reform of the calendar that year, as the following day was officially 15th October). She was beatified in 1614, canonised in 1622 and her feast day occurs on 15th October.

Her life needs to be understood in the light of the plan which God had for her, with the great desires experienced in her heart, with the mysterious illness to which she was subject in her youth (and with the ill health from which she suffered throughout her life), and with the "resistance" to divine grace for which she blamed herself more than she should has. Running away from home, she entered the Carmel of the Incarnation in Avila on 2nd November 1535. As a result, partly of the prevailing conditions in the community and partly from her own spiritual difficulties, she had to struggle before arriving at what she called her conversion at the age of 39. But, benefitting from various spiritual directors, she then began to make great strides towards perfection.

In 1560, the idea first emerged of a new Carmel, where the Rule could be followed more closely, and this was realized two years later when the monastery of St. Joseph was founded without any endowments and "following the Primitive Rule": a phrase that needs to be clearly understood because both then and later it was a notion which was more nostalgic and "heroic" than practical. Five years later Teresa obtained from the Prior General of the Order, John Baptist Rossi, then visiting Spain, permission to increase the number of monasteries and a licence to found two communities of contemplative Carmelite friars (later to be called Discalced) who would be the spiritual counterparts of the nuns and, as such, able to help them. At the death of Saint Teresa, there were 17 monasteries of nuns in the Reform, and the communities of friars also quickly outstripped the original number, some founded with permission from the Prior General Rossi but others, especially those in Andalusia, established against his will, relying on the approval of the apostolic visitators, the Dominican Vargas and the young Discalced Carmelite Jerome Gracian (a close spiritual companion of Teresa, for whom she vowed to do whatever he asked her, as long as it was not contrary to God's law).

There followed a series of unedifying quarrels, made worse by the interference of the civil authorities and other outsiders, until in 1581, the Discalced were formed into a separate Province. Saint Teresa was then able to write, "Now all of us, Discalced and Calced, are at peace and nothing can hinder us from serving the Lord".

Saint Teresa is among the most important figures of all time for Catholic spirituality. Her works - especially the four best known (The Life, The Way of Perfection, The Mansions and The Foundations) - together with her more historical works, contain a doctrine which encompasses the whole of the spiritual life, from the first steps right up to intimacy with God at the centre of the Interior Castle. Her Letters show her occupied with a great variety of everyday problems. Her doctrine on the unity of the soul with God (a doctrine which was intimately lived by her) follows the Carmelite tradition which had preceded her and to which she herself contributed in such a notable way, enriching it as well as passing the tradition on, not only to her spiritual sons and daughters, but also to the whole Church which she served so unsparingly. When she was dying, her one joy was to be able to affirm that "I die a daughter of the Church".

ARTICLE BY FR. JOHN WELCH ON THE SPIRITUALITY OF SAINT TERESA

MEET OUR NEW POSTULANTS

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Our four young women featured below joined the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary.  They come from different backgrounds but are joined together by the common desire to follow the Call of Jesus in the way of the Carmelites and their love for the aged and infirm.  They share a little bit about themselves and what drew them to the Carmelites, and in particular, to this Congregation.

Sister Holly Procko

My family is originally from New Jersey though most of them now live in Florida.  I have lived in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida.  Germantown, New York reminds me a lot of the area I grew up in.  I have one older brother who lives in Florida.  My professional background is as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  I worked in the field of Special Education for over ten years.   I was drawn to the writings of various Carmelite Saints, and then by the ministry, when I met the Sisters.  They were very welcoming and I felt right at home.

 

Sister Morgan Mondello

I grew up in Tampa, FLorida.  I am the middle sibling of three. I have two younger sisters.  I have volunteered and interned at various nursing facilities throughout my college exrerience. I mainly worked with memory care residents. I am also certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). I knew that I wanted to work with the aged and infirm and was discerning religious life. I fell in love with the Carmelites after attending the SALT Program the Summer of 2017 .

 

Sister Sharon Rose Mullin

I grew up in Middletown, New York and am blessed to have two wonderful parents and the best little brother a person can ask for. My parents are devout Catholics and made it a priority that my brother and I be raised with the Catholic Faith.  It was further ensured by having an uncle who is a priest and a cousin who is a Dominican Sister.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and an Associate's in Applied Science (Nursing) from Orange County Community College. I became a Registered Nurse earlier this year.  I grew up less than a mile from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my parish is served by the Carmelite Friars of the Province of St. Elias.  I often joke that I spent the better part of my childhood trespassing on their property! I have always been surrounded by Carmelite Spirituality so Carmel holds a special place in my heart.  A Carmelite Father suggested I visit this community. I have been dreaming of religious life and searching for five years. Once I came here, I knew I was home.


Sister Doris Benitez

I was born in Southern California on February of 1993.  I have six other siblings and I fall somewhere in the middle.  My parents emigrated to the United States after the Civil War that occurred in El Salvador.  Something I really appreciated growing up was my parents' hard work and their appreciation and gratitude for what they had.  On several occasions, it was shown with family parties and Cumbia music.  My greatest memories were the visits of grandparents which were special because they would come from El Salvador.  My grandmother especially would have us pray the Rosary which we could only keep away from if we pretended to be asleep. She was so patient with us but corrected us when she had to which we all loved as her grandchildren.

After high school I attended my neighborhood community college- Santiago Canyon College.  Then I was transferred to Ave Maria University and received my Bachelor in Economics.  While working in a Donut Shop, my boss recommended I stay and help him grow in his  family business as the General Manager.  It was one of the best decisions I made during the time. I had the freedom to travel around the country in my leisure time. Even greater was the time for the SALT Mission Program.

While flying to Jerusalem, I asked God that I wanted to do something more meaningful that involved traveling. Then I noticed a friend request from SALT Missionaries on my Instagram App.  From there I then completed a mission experience at the Sisters' facility of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor in Columbus, Ohio. The story of St. Elijah inspired me. It was in the way that he heard God in the silence that resonated in my heart. That silence opened my heart for a closeness I was afraid of and am continuing to reach. Even more, spending time with the residents reminded me of my childhood where I spent beautiful hours of talking and reading to my grandparents in Spanish.  This Community has a clear vision of the love for the elderly seen through the eyes of Christ. I understood that when I read a quote of Mother Angeline (the Congregation's Foundress), "We are privileged to take care of the dying Christ in His Mystical Body."


 

 


 


R.I.P Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm. went to her eternal reward unexpectedly on the morning of September 18, 2018 at Teresian House in Albany, New York.  Sr. Bernadette was in the 53 rd year of her religious life.

Catherine Genevieve Saunders was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 1, 1947 to Daniel and Genevieve (nee Reilly) Saunders.  Shortly after graduating from High School, Sr. Bernadette entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965.  She professed First Vows on April 15, 1968 and professed Perpetual Vows on July 22, 1974.  Having trained as an LPN at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, and then as an R.N. at Joliet Junior College, for a time Sr. Bernadette served the residents as a nurse.

Sr. Bernadette’s missions included Madonna Residence (1968-1969 and 1988-1995), Carmel Hall (1969-1971 and 1978-1979), Ozanam Hall (1971-1978), St. Rita’s Home (1979-1982), St. Patrick’s Residence (1982-1988), St. Patrick’s Home (1995-2005), Carmel Richmond (2005-2009), Mary Manning Walsh Home (2009-2010) ,and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2010-2013).  Due to failing health, she was admitted to Teresian House as a resident on October 7, 2013.

Sr. Bernadette had a good sense of humor, and when she was in good health she loved to travel.

A regular participant at the “assisted week at Benziger’s,” Sr. Bernadette was quick to voice her appreciation for the efforts of those who made it possible for her to enjoy vacation time with the Sisters.  May Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and all our deceased Sisters welcome Sr. M. Bernadette Teresa to their company, and may they all join in praying for an increase of good vocations to our beloved Congregation.

WAKE :

Thursday, September 20, 20183:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Teresian House

200 Washington Ave. Ext.

Albany, NY 12203

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

 Friday, September 21, 2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel

Teresian House

BURIAL:

Monday, September 24, 2018

11:30 am

Greenwood Cemetery

5th Avenue and 25th Street (Main Entrance)

Brooklyn, NY 11231

 


 

 

 


HOMEGROWN:" Stories from Home"

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Saint Patrick's Home, Bronx, New York:

Sister Luke Mary Angeline made her Renewal of Temporary Vows at St. Patrick's Nursing Home where she is presently missioned.   Rev. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm. received Sister's vows in the presence of her local Prioress, Sister Bernadette Therese.

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Ozanam Hall Nursing Home, Bayside, New York:

Our Sisters celebrated our 89th year of Foundation with Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2018.




 





R.I.P Sister Jude Regina Morrison, O.Carm.

Saturday, September 08, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Jude Regina, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor on September 8, 2018 in the 64 th year of her religious life.Although her health had been fluctuating for some time, there was nothing other than her age to indicate her time on earth was nearing its end.

Ann Bridget Morrison was born in County Mayo, Ireland, to Austin and Bridget (nee Gibbons) Morrison on October 16, 1925.  She immigrated to the U.S.A. where she settled in Boston, MA., and in 1952 become a naturalized American Citizen.  She entered the Congregation on September 8, 1954, professed first vows on March 17, 1956, and made Final Profession on December 9, 1961.

After serving in Philadelphia, Massachusetts and New York, Sr. Jude returned to Ireland as Superior of Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin (1969-1979).  Upon coming back to the United States she served at Teresian House, Madonna Residence, Marian Manor and St. Joseph’s Manor, and was then appointed the Superior/Administrator of St. Margaret Hall (1985-1991) and the Superior/ Administrator of St. Rita’s Home (1991-1994). Then Sacred Heart Manor (1994-2000), Carmel Richmond (2000-2006) and St. Patrick’s Manor, where she was eventually admitted as a resident, followed. 

Sr. Jude Regina lived a long life of 93 years, 64 of which were spent journeying along the spiritual path of Carmel.  It is fitting that the Lord called her home on the Birthday of Our Blessed Mother – exactly 64 years from the day long ago when she set out on that journey, not knowing where it would lead. We give praise and thanks to God that Sr. M. Jude Regina journeyed with us.

WAKE :

Tuesday, September 11, 20183:30 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:

 Wednesday, September 12, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Wednesday, September 12, 20182:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 

 




New Postulants Enter Carmel

Saturday, September 08, 2018 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary, four young women joined the Carmelite Sisters and became the newest members of the Congregation!  The Entrance Ceremony was held at Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York and was presided by Rev. James Hess, O.Carm.  The new Postulants were invested with the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and received the Congregation's Community Prayer book.  We welcome Sister Holly, Sister Morgan, Sister Doris and Sister Sharon to the great family of Carmel and wish them God's abundant blessings on their journey ahead!



 

 

 



WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES IRELAND 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Our Carmelite Sisters and former participants of the SALT Program (Serving the Aged Lovingly Today) are currently participating at the World Meeting of Families being held in Ireland starting August 21-26, 2018. Our Holy Father Pope Francis is expected to visit the country on Saturday, August 25.! For more information, visit the website created for this major international Catholic event.

https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SR. CHRISTOPHER JUDE, O.CARM.

AUGUST 25, 2018- PAPAL MASS AND CONCERT




 

 



 


 

 









R.I.P Sister M. Patricia Camillus, O.Carm.

Friday, August 03, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Patricia Camillus, O.Carm.  passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA on August 2, 2018 in the 58 th year of her religious life.

Born in Rochester, NH on February 27, 1933 to Joseph and Jessie (nee Tremblay) Lucier, Jeannette Irene Lucier entered the Congregation on September 7, 1960, professed first vows on April 17, 1963 and final vows on July 1, 1967.Trained as a Registered Nurse before she entered, Sister Camillus spent most of her religious life serving in positions that utilized her excellent nursing skills. She also served as Superior while at Mary Manning Walsh Home.

Among the many Homes she was stationed at, the longest periods of time were spent at St. Teresa’s Manor, Manchester, NH (1970-1976); Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, PA (1976-1981) St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, Utica, NY (1987-1997); and Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC, (1998-2005). Her final mission was St. Patrick’s Manor (2005-2018), where she was admitted as a resident in November 2014 and lovingly cared for by the Sisters and staff.

Sister Camillus was an avid baseball fan and always rooted for the NY Yankees. But her faithfulness to the Yankees did not surpass her faithfulness to the Lord whom she loved and served throughout her life. We can be confident that Sr. Patricia Camillus hit a home run up and over centerfield into the bleechers…..and then ran all the way Home!

WAKE:

Wednesday, August 8, 20182:00 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:

Thursday, August 9, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA 01701

BURIAL:

Thursday, August 9, 20182:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 

 

 


SAVE THE DATE: ROSARY RALLY 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


The Carmelite Sisters will hold this year's Rosary Rally on October 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  The event will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, New York, 12526.  This year's celebrant is Father James Hess, O.Carm., Carmelite Chaplain of the Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse.  Please make an effort to attend in honor of Our Blessed Mother! For more information, send inquiries using this website or call 518-537-5000.

An Article on God's Grace in our Lives

Thursday, August 02, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Rev. Terrance Klein wrote an article entitled "How Can We Recognize God's Grace in Our Lives?"  This article was published on August 1, 2018 by America Magazine and is now being reprinted with expressed permission from the Editor.

Sister Michelle of All Saints Moore, O.Carm., who Father Klein mentions in the article, is continuing the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm's mission of care to the elderly at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA.   



 

READ   FULL ARTICLE HERE