Carmelite Events


Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Homegrown: Story from Home: Teresian House

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Sean Damien, O,Carm.

Since we aren’t able to have our Annual Memorial Mass for our deceased residents we had a “virtual “ Memorial service. Family members who would ordinarily be with us in our Chapel were invited to a live stream of the event which remains available on line. Those of us able to be there felt joined to the family members in celebrating the lives of their loved ones.



Sunday, November 01, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

R.I.P Sr. M. Virginia Aloysius, O.Carm.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister M. Virginia Aloysius O.Carm. passed away peacefully during the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Mary Manning Walsh Home, where she had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care since April of 2017. Sr. Virginia had recently turned 96 years old and was in the 62 nd year of her religious life.

Maria (Mary) Sylvia Russo was born on October 21, 1924 in Jersey City, NJ, although the Russo’s eventually settled in Hoboken. She was one of nine children born to Francesco (Frank) and Philomena (nee Vanore) Russo, immigrants from Italy. Among her siblings who preceded her in death was Sr. M. Xavier Francis of the Holy Family (RIP 11/7/2013). Sr. Virginia is survived by her sisters, Lucy and Phyllis.

Sr. Virginia entered the Congregation on March 16, 1958, professed first vows on December 8, 1960 and made her final profession of vows on March 18, 1965. During the 1960’s she was missioned at Mary Manning Walsh Home, St. Patrick’s Home, and St. Joseph’s Manor. Her other missions were Josephine Baird Home (1970-1983); St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1983-1984); Carmel Richmond (1984-2016), and Mary Manning Walsh Home (2016-2020). Sr. Virginia’s ministries included bookkeeping, bursar work, clerical work, and pastoral care. She did much of the typing for Mother Bernadette de Lourdes’ book Woman of Faith: Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm., and assisted in typing what was needed in preparation for sending documentation to Rome for the promotion of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Mother Angeline Teresa.

Sr. Virginia Aloysius opened her heart to the residents and families that crossed her path, always taking time to talk with them and listen to their stories. May Sr. Virginia’s heart now know the fullness of God’s love for all eternity!




News Article: "Be Kinder Than Kindness Itself"

Thursday, October 01, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink


It was 1926, and over her years as a Little Sister of the Poor Mother Angeline McCrory had begun to wonder if the French customs that related to how the Little Sisters cared for the elderly were culturally the best fit for serving the aged in America. She loved her community and serving the elderly, so as superior in the Bronx, she implemented changes that she hoped would make the residents there more comfortable. She created a more middle-class home-like environment and celebrated American holidays with the residents. She encouraged their independence and freedom, and permitted married couples to remain living together in the same room if they wished. The international community was still trying to consolidate and focus on unity after the Great War, and was not ready for innovations at that point in time.


 Michael O’Neill: © 2020 EWTN News, Inc. Reprinted with permission from the National Catholic


New Congregational Leadership Team

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

The Fourteenth General Chapter of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse on September 5-16, 2020. The following Sisters were elected to the new Congregational Leadership Team:

Left to Right:

Sr. Marie Richard Carmel Brusca, O.Carm. - Secretary General

Sr. Maureen Murray, O.Carm. - Third Councillor

Sr. M. Cyril Methodius Kasper, O.Carm. - Second Councillor

Mother Mary Rose Heery, O.Carm. - Prioress General

Sr. M. Jeanne Francis Haley, O.Carm. - First Councillor/ Vicar-General

Sr. M. Peter Lillian Angeline DiMaria, O.Carm. - Fourth Councillor

Sr. M. Veronica Robert Bien, O.Carm. - Treasurer General

Congratulations to our new Congregational Leadership and wishing you God's blessings for the future!

Stories from Home: Foundation Day 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Permalink


Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Saint Patrick's Home is happy to share with you some special moments from our Foundation Day celebration. We were blessed to have Father Michael Kissane , O.Carm. as our celebrant. Father gave a wonderful homily regarding Mother Angeline and our early days. The Sisters shared how great it was to have the Carmelite Friars as part of our many celebrations at Saint Patrick's Home.  Some of our staff was also able to participate in the celebration.

In the afternoon, the staff enjoyed an ice cream social including chocolate covered strawberries. We also had a display of our Foundress, Mother Angeline Teresa and her Six Companions , in front of St Patrick’s Home. It told the story of how the Congregation has grown. Our residents participated in Foundation Day Trivia. Although our celebrations were a little different this year because of the Corona Virus restrictions, Mother Angeline would be happy to see so many happy faces!


Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Maureen Elizabeth, O.Carm.

Although we were hampered in what we could do for our Residents during our Covid 19 restrictions, we had a very beautiful day and experience. We had a nice Mass with an organist and singing - only the Sisters and the organist- with the Residents watching from their room televisions. Father Jonah, O.P, had a beautiful homily on our Foundation Day and how appropriate it was to celebrate it on the Feast of St. Gregory who founded so many Monasteries.

We started our weekly Eucharistic Procession and Blessing on a unit today.  Many of the Residents sat in their doorways  with a few who joined the procession around their areas.  A couple of the Residents cried and thanked Father for it has been a long time since being actually present at Benediction. Just about all of the Staff lined up too for a blessing (Catholic and Non Catholic) Jim Murtagh, a Resident on the unit, followed the procession and sang the hymns and recited the Divine Praises.  It was a very moving experience.  We plan to do another unit next week, although this was special as it was the first time since CoVid broke,  and it was on Foundation Day. The signs we posted on the unit talked about it being Foundation Day too.



Renewal of Sr. Catherine Angeline's Religious Vows

Monday, August 31, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Catherine Angeline, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Sr. Carol Nolan, O.Carm.

Sister Mary Catherine Angeline Hinkle renewed her religious vows in the presence of her local Prioress, Sr. Michelle Anne Reho, O.Carm. and Fr Jack Siberski, SJ MD as celebrant.  The homily was  based on the readings personally chosen by Sister Catherine with the theme on "The Greatness of God's Merciful Love - To Jesus through Mary." The liturgical celebration used the Votive Mass for the Renewal of Profession. Sr. Catherine is currently missioned at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA.


Renewal of Vows Sr. Luke Mary Angeline, O.Carm.

Monday, August 31, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story & Photo Contribution: Sr. Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Sr. Luke Mary Angeline renewed her vows on August 30, 2020 in the presence of her local Prioress Sr. Bernadette Therese, O.Carm., Fr. Paul Richmond, O.Carm. and her fellow Carmelite Sisters. Sr. Luke Mary's brother was also present for the liturgical celebration.  Sister is currently missioned at Saint Patrick's Home, Bronx, NY. 


R.I.P Sr. Mary Ellen Bernadette Magano, O.Carm.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Comments (3) | Permalink


Sister Mary Ellen Bernadette O.Carm. passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 27, 2020 at Ozanam Hall, in the 64 th year of her religious life. Sr. Mary Ellen had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care at Ozanam Hall since April of 2018.

Elsie Rodrigues Magano was born on April 21, 1932 in Fall River, MA to Manuel and Mary (nee Souza Rapoza) Magano, also of Fall River.  In addition to her parents, Sr. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister, Sr. M. Francis Clare of All Saints.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, Sr. Mary Ellen professed first vows on October 2, 1958 and final vows on December 8, 1962.  She was assigned for very short periods of time in several missions but served the longest at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1976-1986); St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville, IL (1986-1988); and Ozanam Hall, Bayside, NY (1988 – 2020).

Trained as a C.O.T.A., Sr. Mary Ellen’s various ministries included activities, bookkeeping, data entry for MDS, and various clerical positions. A woman of multiple talents, Sister was a member of the Community Choir for many years, where she shared her gorgeous, crystal clear singing voice.  Sr. Mary Ellen played the organ and the guitar, and she and Sr. Francis Clare enjoyed attending the National Pastoral Musicians Conference each year until their health prevented traveling.  Sr. Mary Ellen was also very artistic and designed the beautiful logo for St. Patrick’s Residence, which was introduced during the transition from Joliet to Naperville and is still in use today.  Some of her favorite things were counted cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles, visiting Avila and, of course, as a true Fall River native, eating lobster.

The Lord invited Sr. Mary Ellen to join him in heaven, and she gently slipped away to meet her heavenly spouse.  May her beautiful voice join in with the choirs of angels for eternity.