Carmelite Events

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!


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



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

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home



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.


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


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

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

Naperville, IL 60563


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 

Burial will follow the Mass

 Resurrection Cemetery  

Romeoville, IL 

Vocation Discernment Retreat

Sunday, November 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters hosted  its Vocation Discernment Retreat on November 4-6, 2016 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse.  There were 5 young women who participated from Atlantic City (New Jersey), Staten Island (New York), New Paltz, (New York), Ossining (New York) and Williamsburg (Virginia).  Monsignor Kieran Harrington was the Retreat Master and Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm. organized and guided the event.  The theme for this year's Discernment Retreat was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 64:8, "You are the Potter, We are the Clay."  Our guests participated in the liturgy, socials with the Sisters, faith sharing, spiritual consultation and Confession with Father Harrington, as well as private meetings with Sr. Mary O'Donovan, Vocation Director for the Carmelite Sisters.  There was also an opportunity to tour the Mother Angeline Heritage Center which houses the memorabilia of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Foundress of the Congregation.

The Sisters who shared lunch with the young women received a crash course on how to navigate the world of social media! It was a lot of fun!

We pray that God bless these young women in their discernment and lead them to the path He has chosen for each of them. During this week of National Vocation Awareness, we continue to pray to the Harvest Master to send vocations to our Community so that the Sisters mission and charism of care to the elderly will continue.