Carmelite Events

The 44th March for Life

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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 Conception

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!

 

 

 


R.I.P Sister Elizabeth Eugene Costello, O.Carm.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

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!

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DERMOT COLE (SR. ELIZABETH'S NEPHEW)

WAKE:

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

BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 20172:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

Germantown, NY 

 


33rd Anniversary of Venerable Mother Angeline Teresa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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 Homily 33rd Anniversary (113 KB)

PHOTOS AT SAINT TERESA'S MOTHERHOUSE

 

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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.

 



 





R.I.P Sister Julia Marie Connolly, O.Carm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

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.