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Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Our four young women featured below joined the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary.  They come from different backgrounds but are joined together by the common desire to follow the Call of Jesus in the way of the Carmelites and their love for the aged and infirm.  They share a little bit about themselves and what drew them to the Carmelites, and in particular, to this Congregation.

Sister Holly Procko

My family is originally from New Jersey though most of them now live in Florida.  I have lived in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida.  Germantown, New York reminds me a lot of the area I grew up in.  I have one older brother who lives in Florida.  My professional background is as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  I worked in the field of Special Education for over ten years.   I was drawn to the writings of various Carmelite Saints, and then by the ministry, when I met the Sisters.  They were very welcoming and I felt right at home.


Sister Morgan Mondello

I grew up in Tampa, FLorida.  I am the middle sibling of three. I have two younger sisters.  I have volunteered and interned at various nursing facilities throughout my college exrerience. I mainly worked with memory care residents. I am also certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). I knew that I wanted to work with the aged and infirm and was discerning religious life. I fell in love with the Carmelites after attending the SALT Program the Summer of 2017 .


Sister Sharon Rose Mullin

I grew up in Middletown, New York and am blessed to have two wonderful parents and the best little brother a person can ask for. My parents are devout Catholics and made it a priority that my brother and I be raised with the Catholic Faith.  It was further ensured by having an uncle who is a priest and a cousin who is a Dominican Sister.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and an Associate's in Applied Science (Nursing) from Orange County Community College. I became a Registered Nurse earlier this year.  I grew up less than a mile from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my parish is served by the Carmelite Friars of the Province of St. Elias.  I often joke that I spent the better part of my childhood trespassing on their property! I have always been surrounded by Carmelite Spirituality so Carmel holds a special place in my heart.  A Carmelite Father suggested I visit this community. I have been dreaming of religious life and searching for five years. Once I came here, I knew I was home.

Sister Doris Benitez

I was born in Southern California on February of 1993.  I have six other siblings and I fall somewhere in the middle.  My parents emigrated to the United States after the Civil War that occurred in El Salvador.  Something I really appreciated growing up was my parents' hard work and their appreciation and gratitude for what they had.  On several occasions, it was shown with family parties and Cumbia music.  My greatest memories were the visits of grandparents which were special because they would come from El Salvador.  My grandmother especially would have us pray the Rosary which we could only keep away from if we pretended to be asleep. She was so patient with us but corrected us when she had to which we all loved as her grandchildren.

After high school I attended my neighborhood community college- Santiago Canyon College.  Then I was transferred to Ave Maria University and received my Bachelor in Economics.  While working in a Donut Shop, my boss recommended I stay and help him grow in his  family business as the General Manager.  It was one of the best decisions I made during the time. I had the freedom to travel around the country in my leisure time. Even greater was the time for the SALT Mission Program.

While flying to Jerusalem, I asked God that I wanted to do something more meaningful that involved traveling. Then I noticed a friend request from SALT Missionaries on my Instagram App.  From there I then completed a mission experience at the Sisters' facility of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor in Columbus, Ohio. The story of St. Elijah inspired me. It was in the way that he heard God in the silence that resonated in my heart. That silence opened my heart for a closeness I was afraid of and am continuing to reach. Even more, spending time with the residents reminded me of my childhood where I spent beautiful hours of talking and reading to my grandparents in Spanish.  This Community has a clear vision of the love for the elderly seen through the eyes of Christ. I understood that when I read a quote of Mother Angeline (the Congregation's Foundress), "We are privileged to take care of the dying Christ in His Mystical Body."




R.I.P Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Comments (2) | Permalink


Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm. went to her eternal reward unexpectedly on the morning of September 18, 2018 at Teresian House in Albany, New York.  Sr. Bernadette was in the 53 rd year of her religious life.

Catherine Genevieve Saunders was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 1, 1947 to Daniel and Genevieve (nee Reilly) Saunders.  Shortly after graduating from High School, Sr. Bernadette entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965.  She professed First Vows on April 15, 1968 and professed Perpetual Vows on July 22, 1974.  Having trained as an LPN at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, and then as an R.N. at Joliet Junior College, for a time Sr. Bernadette served the residents as a nurse.

Sr. Bernadette’s missions included Madonna Residence (1968-1969 and 1988-1995), Carmel Hall (1969-1971 and 1978-1979), Ozanam Hall (1971-1978), St. Rita’s Home (1979-1982), St. Patrick’s Residence (1982-1988), St. Patrick’s Home (1995-2005), Carmel Richmond (2005-2009), Mary Manning Walsh Home (2009-2010) ,and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2010-2013).  Due to failing health, she was admitted to Teresian House as a resident on October 7, 2013.

Sr. Bernadette had a good sense of humor, and when she was in good health she loved to travel.

A regular participant at the “assisted week at Benziger’s,” Sr. Bernadette was quick to voice her appreciation for the efforts of those who made it possible for her to enjoy vacation time with the Sisters.  May Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and all our deceased Sisters welcome Sr. M. Bernadette Teresa to their company, and may they all join in praying for an increase of good vocations to our beloved Congregation.


Thursday, September 20, 20183:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Teresian House

200 Washington Ave. Ext.

Albany, NY 12203


 Friday, September 21, 2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel

Teresian House


Monday, September 24, 2018

11:30 am

Greenwood Cemetery

5th Avenue and 25th Street (Main Entrance)

Brooklyn, NY 11231





HOMEGROWN:" Stories from Home"

Monday, September 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Saint Patrick's Home, Bronx, New York:

Sister Luke Mary Angeline made her Renewal of Temporary Vows at St. Patrick's Nursing Home where she is presently missioned.   Rev. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm. received Sister's vows in the presence of her local Prioress, Sister Bernadette Therese.



Ozanam Hall Nursing Home, Bayside, New York:

Our Sisters celebrated our 89th year of Foundation with Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2018.


R.I.P Sister Jude Regina Morrison, O.Carm.

Saturday, September 08, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Jude Regina, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor on September 8, 2018 in the 64 th year of her religious life.Although her health had been fluctuating for some time, there was nothing other than her age to indicate her time on earth was nearing its end.

Ann Bridget Morrison was born in County Mayo, Ireland, to Austin and Bridget (nee Gibbons) Morrison on October 16, 1925.  She immigrated to the U.S.A. where she settled in Boston, MA., and in 1952 become a naturalized American Citizen.  She entered the Congregation on September 8, 1954, professed first vows on March 17, 1956, and made Final Profession on December 9, 1961.

After serving in Philadelphia, Massachusetts and New York, Sr. Jude returned to Ireland as Superior of Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin (1969-1979).  Upon coming back to the United States she served at Teresian House, Madonna Residence, Marian Manor and St. Joseph’s Manor, and was then appointed the Superior/Administrator of St. Margaret Hall (1985-1991) and the Superior/ Administrator of St. Rita’s Home (1991-1994). Then Sacred Heart Manor (1994-2000), Carmel Richmond (2000-2006) and St. Patrick’s Manor, where she was eventually admitted as a resident, followed. 

Sr. Jude Regina lived a long life of 93 years, 64 of which were spent journeying along the spiritual path of Carmel.  It is fitting that the Lord called her home on the Birthday of Our Blessed Mother – exactly 64 years from the day long ago when she set out on that journey, not knowing where it would lead. We give praise and thanks to God that Sr. M. Jude Regina journeyed with us.


Tuesday, September 11, 20183:30 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


 Wednesday, September 12, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor


Wednesday, September 12, 20182:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 


New Postulants Enter Carmel

Saturday, September 08, 2018 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary, four young women joined the Carmelite Sisters and became the newest members of the Congregation!  The Entrance Ceremony was held at Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York and was presided by Rev. James Hess, O.Carm.  The new Postulants were invested with the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and received the Congregation's Community Prayer book.  We welcome Sister Holly, Sister Morgan, Sister Doris and Sister Sharon to the great family of Carmel and wish them God's abundant blessings on their journey ahead!