Carmelite Events

Catechetical Forum in Monroe

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Mary Anne Dennehy, O.Carm.

On Saturday, along with Michael Guglielmo, I attended the Archdiocese of New York Catechetical Forum at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe where ArchCare was a sponsor/exhibitor. I had been unable to attend the session in the Bronx, but this was my second year in Monroe. In addition to distributing and discussing ArchCare program information, I was able to do quite a lot of networking and dissemination of vocation material and information on Venerable Mother M. Angeline Teresa. Our Carmelite Fathers Justin and Francis were presenters and novice Brother Von attended as a participant.


R.I.P Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm. passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 at the Kahl Home in the 61 st year of her religious life.

Teresa Ann Kennedy was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 1938 to Thomas and Mary (Bergin) Kennedy. Her father was from Scotland and her mother was from Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, professed First Vows on October 2, 1958, and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows on December 8, 1962.

Sr. Teresa had many missions during her time in Community, among them Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1958-1962 & 1971-1974); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1963-1965, 1986-1991, & 2013-2017); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1965-1970) & Naperville, IL (1991-1998). She was also at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1998-2013) as either the Administrator, Prioress/Administrator, or Assistant Prioress/Administrator.

Sr. Teresa was fond of reading British mystery novels and watching old movies. Her favorite color was yellow, she preferred plain food (no salt and pepper), and cooked the very best steak and lamb chops.She loved to laugh, and she was often heard spontaneously raising her voice in song – even when nobody else was singing! May her special patron, St. Therese of Lisieux, and all the Carmelite Saints, open the gates of heaven to Sr. Teresa, as she spontaneously raises her voice with theirs in a song of joy that will never end!


Sunday, November 5, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

6702 Jersey Ridge Road

Davenport, IA 52807



Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Memorial Mass – Avila Chapel (no casket) at 10:00 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526

Committal Ceremony:

12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center



Palliative Care Defined

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Manor

Palliative care seeks to provide relief from the five domains of pain that persons experience when faced with a debilitating diagnosis. Palliative care is not reserved for those who are imminently dying, but allows each resident to receive the appropriate treatment that brings him/her comfort and the best possible care. Palliative care can be combined with curative care or with less aggressive care. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care or end-of-life care, which is reserved for those who are clearly dying.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have offered palliative care since 1929, and they felt it was important to formalize the palliative care they have provided throughout the years to preserve the mission and philosophy of their Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline McCrory. To do this, the Carmelite Sisters along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology began a pilot program with six of their homes where they serve, sponsor or co-sponsor. By working with these six homes and measuring their outcomes, a research-based program that seeks to ensure quality palliative care in long-term facilities was developed. The Avila Institute’s new, extensive palliative care training program includes a complete approach to implementing a program, staff training, and a series of assessment tools. To learn more about this program visit the website:


Celebrating Perpetual Profession of Vows

Monday, October 09, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On October 7, 2017, as the Universal Church celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sister Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm. professed Perpetual Vows as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm.The event was held at Saint Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York. The Eucharistic liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm was Master of Ceremony. Present at the altar were other invited members of the clergy including Sr. Mary Josephine’s brother, Rev. Phillip Crowe.The Carmelite Sisters were delighted to welcome Sr. Mary’s friends and family members who traveled from Ireland to Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse to celebrate this joyous occasion. Congratulations, Sister Mary Josephine! May your life in Carmel be continually blessed with joy, graces and love for the Church and His elderly!


R.I.P Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.

Sunday, October 08, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink




Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.  passed away peacefully Thursday night, September 28, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Manor in the 65 th year of her religious life. 

Fidelis Mary Regan was born on January 12, 1934 in the Bronx to Charles and Catherine (Ahearn) Regan, who were both born in Scotland.  Sr. Fidelis entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, professed First Vows on May 3, 1954 and made her Perpetual Profession on December 8, 1958.

Sr. Fidelis was trained as a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She served in several missions but her strong leadership skills were exceptionally well utilized as Administrator of Carmel Richmond (1973-1982), St. Joseph’s Manor (1982-1987), The Pennsylvania (1987-1994) Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence (1994-2003), and Sacred Heart Manor (2003-2009), where she was instrumental in the successful transfer of ownership.  She received an Obedience to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in 2009 and was assigned to The Carmelite System as a consultant for building projects until her health began to fail.  She was briefly admitted to Teresian House and in August 2015 moved to the assisted living Convent at St. Patrick’s Manor.

Sr. Fidelis Mary loved history, reading, bagpipes, Ireland, the ocean, the opera, and “the old people”. May she who knew how to transform the brick and mortar of an empty building into a true home for the aged and infirm, now enter into her own true home and into the open arms of the Lord who has loved her with an unconditional and everlasting love!