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Friday, July 10, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

R.I.P Sr. M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face Spring, O.Carm.

Monday, July 06, 2020 | Comments (2) | Permalink



Sister M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face, O.Carm. went home to the Lord peacefully at Marian Manor on July 3, 2020 in the 44 th year of her religious life. The Sisters were at her bedside saying the rosary and Sister Joseph’s sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Chuck Graul, were nearby. Sr. Joseph’s brothers, Frederick and Robert, had also visited.

Dianne Marie Spring was born on October 6, 1947 in Boston, MA. Her parents, Frederick and Anna (nee Lawless) Spring were native Bostonians. Having entered the Congregation on September 8, 1976, Sr. Joseph professed first vows on April 16, 1979 and professed final vows on March 31, 1986.

Sr. Joseph’s missions included St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1979-1982); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1982-1983); Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, NY (1983-1986); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester, NH (1986-1997), and Marian Manor (1997-2020). Trained as a Registered Nurse, she also completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Services Administration. In ministry Sr. Joseph had been Director of Nursing, Coordinator of Restorative Nursing, and Administrative Assistant. While at Marian Manor she also served as Bursar and Assistant to the Prioress. Sr. Joseph Jude always showed great personal kindness and compassion to the residents she cared for, and the same kindness was shown to her fellow Sisters.

Before her illness prevented this, Sr. Joseph always enjoyed her evening walks and her time at the family cottage on the beach in Salisbury, MA. She also enjoyed hobbies such as counted cross stitch. We rejoice in knowing that the heavy cross of illness has been taken from her shoulders and that she is now at peace in the company of Our Lord and all those whom she loved on earth.


Homegrown Story: Sr. Philomena Anne Renews her Vows

Monday, June 08, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

Story Contribution: Garvey Manor Nursing Home

Please join us in congratulating Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy O. Carm. for the renewal of her vows this past Sunday, June 7, 2020 in St. Joseph's Chapel, Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA.
"For the honor of God, and moved by a firm resolve to consecrate myself more fully to Him, and to follow Christ more closely in my whole life, here and now, before Sister Jacinta Mary, Delegate of the Reverend Prioress General, I, Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy, vow for one year Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity, according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. I give myself with whole heart to this religious community so that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, I may seek perfect charity in the service of God and the Church."


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

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister M. Anne Patricia, O.Carm. passed unexpectedly but peacefully to eternal life on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the 68 th year of her religious life.

Marie Julia Ruiz was born on June 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts to Benjamin and Anna (nee Murphy) Ruiz. Her father was originally from Guatemala and her mother was a native of Massachusetts. Sr. Anne is survived by her sister, Gloria Eisenhauer, of Lynn Massachusetts.

Sr. Anne Patricia entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952 and received the habit on April 30, 1953. She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1958. In 1962, Sr. Anne graduated from Manhattan Medical Assistants School as a Laboratory and X-Ray Technician, but throughout her many years in religious life, Sr. Anne’s ministry was mainly in the area of medical records. She was missioned in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Her lengthiest assignments were at Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1966-1975); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1978-1982); and Teresian House, Albany, NY (1982- 2013). In February 2013, Sr. Anne Patricia was admitted to St. Patrick’s Manor where the Sisters and staff lovingly provided for her physical, mental and spiritual needs.

A very sociable Sister and a real “people person,” for many years Sr. Anne kept in contact with Sisters, family members and friends by frequent letter writing. Although sad at her passing, we rejoice in her happy reunion with Mother Angeline Teresa and our beloved deceased Sisters. May they all join together in imploring Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to send many young women to join us in our Carmelite way of life.


Homegrown Story: Saint Patrick Home and "New Normal"

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick Home, Bronx, NY


The ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic dominates the headlines around the world. As the Carmelite Sisters, who serve our frail elderly in long term care facilities, we adjust to infection control guidelines established by federal and state authorities to protect our vulnerable residents. Saint Patrick Home does just that. Creative ways of conducting activities most important to our residents and making sure for continuity of care while implementing social distancing, a "new normal" has evolved as you can see from these photos!

Social Distancing while playing BingoSr. Kevin Patricia announcing Bingo televised with residentsResidents social distancing playing Bingo
Carmelite Sisters reciting the Rosary televised for Residents in their roomsSr. Luke Mary offers Spiritual Communion prayer in Spanish.
Sister Dianne crowns Our Lady televised for our Residents in their roomsSr. Bernadette Therese
Carmelite Sisters at the Crowning of Our LadySt. Patrick Resident crowning Our Lady
Staff member at Happy Mother's Day display
Pastoral Care and Recreation Team on Mother's DayServing ice cream on Mother's Day- The New Normal


R.I.P Sr. M. Elizabeth Ann, O.Carm.

Sunday, May 03, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink


Sister M. Elizabeth Ann O.Carm. passed to eternal life at 6:20 p.m. on May 2, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY. At the time of her passing Sr. Elizabeth Ann was in the 47 th year of her religious life.

Shirley Louise Soderquist was born on May 27, 1952 in Bridgeport, CT to Walter and Margaret (nee Doxsey) Soderquist, both natives of Connecticut. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Doughty.

After completing a 19 month course at The Butler Business School in Bridgeport, CT, Sr. Elizabeth entered our Congregation on September 8, 1973, professed first vows on March 25, 1976 and professed perpetual vows on April 19, 1982. She served at Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1976-1983); St. Ann Home, Dover, NH (1983-1985); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet and Naperville, IL (1985-1994); St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1994-1996); St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA ( 1996- 2002); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (2002-2006) and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2006-2020).

While missioned at Avila, Sr. Elizabeth did various forms of clerical work, including the management of two databases of records. She also assisted in the Mother Angeline Society and relieved on the switchboard. Sr. Elizabeth will be remembered as a gentle, charitable, and prayerful religious, always kind in her speech and actions and willing to perform whatever duties she was assigned.

With the passage of time we often recognize the many ways in which God uses both strength and weakness to fulfill His plans and purposes. So it was that He used Sr. Elizabeth Ann for a much needed purpose, just as He continues to use each of us. We give thanks that the Lord came with His Blessed Mother to bring her to the Father’s House on the First Saturday of May, and that Sr. Richard and I were allowed to say goodbye to her that morning.We trust that our very dear Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ann rests now in peace and perfect happiness.


R.I.P Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.

Friday, April 17, 2020 | Comments (5) | Permalink


Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.  passed to eternal life on the night of April 15, 2020 in the 71 st year of her religious life. Sr. Maureen was recuperating at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA following surgery for a fractured elbow when she suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Metro West Hospital where she later died.

Maureen Margaret Rochford was born on January 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary (nee Nolan) Rochford, both of whom were born in Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1949, and received the habit on March 19, 1950 taking the name Sr. M. Joseph Bernard and later returning to her baptismal name. She was professed on March 27, 1951 and made her final profession of vows on December 8, 1955. Throughout her religious life, Sr. Maureen was missioned in either New York or Massachusetts: Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1951-1952); Mt. Carmel Home, NYC (1952-1954); Josephine Baird Home, NYC (1954-1962); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1962-1980); Madonna Residence, Brooklyn, NY (1980-1995); and St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA (1995-2020).

Trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Sr. Maureen was a quiet, hard-working and very efficient Sister who ministered to residents of the West Building at Marian Manor and more recently in the area of employee health at St. Patrick’s Manor. Although we are saddened by her passing, we rejoice that the Lord whom Sr. Maureen served so faithfully called her Home during the Octave of Easter when- even in the midst of darkness and great suffering throughout the world - the faithful still sing Alleluia…and the Gates of Heaven are wide open!



Homegrown Stories: Beating the Corona Virus

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

As healthcare workers and scientists work hard to beat the Corona Virus pandemic, our Sisters are doing their best to contribute to the efforts of  containment and prevention of disease, each in their own way.  With social distancing and lock downs as the buzzwords these days, we share some photos of some creative efforts made by some.

Featured Photos: Carmel Terrace Residents, Framingham, MA and Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, Germantown, NY. (Used with Permission)



Carmel Terrace 1Carmel Terrace 2Carmel Terrace 3
Carmel Terrace 4Sr. Joseph Marie cuts materials for making masksSr. Paul Anthony making masks
Sr. Patricia and Sr. Dolores making masksSr. Sharon Rose cutting out vacuum filter bags
Sr. Jean with great fabric sample for making masks

Easter Messages from Formation Sisters

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink







An Easter Reflection

Sunday, April 12, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink