Carmelite Events


Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister Peter Lillian and Sister Mary O'Donovan were invited to appear at a podcast by Stacey Sumereau called "Called and Caffeinated.

Stories from Home: Mary Manning Walsh Home

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contributor: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On January 5, an open house and blessing was held to celebrate the completion of the renovation to the convent at Mary Manning Walsh Home. Previously, the convent occupied space on both the 15 th and 16th floor of the facility. Now the convent is located only on the 16 th floor, which allowed for the expansion of the Dawn Green Hospice unit to encompass the whole 15 th floor. A win-win for the convent and the facility! Fr. Simeon blessed the renovated space to the delight of the Sisters, who have lived with the chaos of renovation for a very long time. The refectory and community room were recreated on the 16 th floor, and the Sisters’ rooms made more barrier free. A spa room was also added to allow for handicap accessible bathing. We ask God’s blessings on this lovely space and all who helped create it.


Stories from Home: EWTN Filming St. Teresa's Motherhouse

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contributor: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Karen McCrory


The Carmelite Sisters were invited to participate in a project to be aired on EWTN as part of a series called “They Might Be Saints”. From January 18-21, Avila was bustling with activity as interviews were conducted and scenes from Mother Angeline’s early life were filmed. Despite a major snowstorm that meant moving schedules around, with God’s help everything was accomplished. The Producer, Michael O’Neill, was open to Mother’s family portraying her in the scenes, so Karen, Angeline, Katie and Michael McCrory depicted Mother and her family during Mother’s teenage years in Scotland. Some of the filming was done in St. Sylvia’s Church and Rectory in Tivoli, NY. The McCrory family welcomed two Little Sisters into the house (Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mary of Jesus), and Angeline portrayed Mother arranging flowers in the local parish and taking a book from Dean Cronin’s library the evening before her entrance into the convent. Later, Brigid McCrory Amundson played Mother as a Little Sister of the Poor receiving blessed roses from Fr. Flanagan (Fr. Jim Hess) and meeting with Cardinal Hayes (an actor) accompanied as far as the door by Sr. Julie. There is no dialogue in the scenes, but a voice-over narration will be used.

We thank Michael and his crew for their patience and dedication in making Mother’s story come alive and Mother’s family for going the extra mile to the point of looking like the cast of Downton Abbey! The episode will be aired later in the year on EWTN. Stay tuned for details.



VIDEO: A Saint For Scotland?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

A group of Catholic film makers in the parish of Mossend, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom , created a group called Sancta Familia Media. This group has been very helpful in promoting the life and work of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa in their Facebook page. They have also beautifully created this video clip of Mother Angeline's life. It is their hope (and ours) that Venerable Mary Angeline's Cause will advance so that in God's time we can soon experience the reality of her being a Saint for Scotland!

Photo Courtesy: Facebook: Sancta Familia Media, Catholic Filmmakers based in the Parish of Holy Family Mossend

Thirty Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On January 21, 2019, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 35th anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's passing to eternal life.  Saint Teresa's Motherhouse located in Germantown, New York held a special Mass.  A good number of the McCrory family, Avila Carmelite Sisters, guests, Pre-Novices and Novices of the Carmelite Friars attended the event.

The theme chosen for this celebration was "Model of Prayer for Our Time". The Carmelite Sisters are grateful to Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, and Principal Celebrant.  Also con-celebrating at the Mass were Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. Patrick Buckley, Rev. Roberto Perez O.Carm., and Rev. John Moyna.

Adding to the excitement of the day was the presence of EWTN’s production crew.  Despite the weekend’s predicted heavy snow, sleet and high winds, previously planned interviews and videotaping were completed.  The life and legacy of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa will be the future subject of EWTN’s series called “They Might Be Saints.” 

Homily: Model of Prayer for our Time Homily: Model of Prayer for our Time (22 KB)

The McCrory Family



R.I.P Sister M. Stephen Immaculate, O.Carm.

Monday, January 07, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister M. Stephen Immaculate, O.Carm. returned to the Lord on the night of Saturday, January 5, 2019 in the 77th year of her religious life.

Mary Agnes Sodl was born in Austria on February 1, 1922 and at the age of ten came to the United States with her sister, Rose. With her parents, Stephen and Mary (nee Yost) Sodl and her siblings, the family eventually made their home in Whitehall, PA.  Having entered the Congregation on December 8, 1942, Sr. Stephen professed First Vows on June 16, 1944 and Final Vows on August 15, 1949.  Her missions included St. Leo’s Abbey, Villa Maria, and Lourdes Residence in Florida, the Bishop’s Residence in Albany, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, St. Rita’s Home in Columbus, and Kahl Home in Davenport.  She was missioned four times at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas (1949-1951; 1953-1957; 1958-1965; 1970-1981).  In 198, Sr. Stephen received an assignment to Villa Teresa and remained there until January 2006 when the Home’s operations ceased, after which she moved on to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse.  In 2012, as her health began to fail, it became necessary that she go to the Enhanced Living Convent at Ozanam Hall, where she was more recently admitted to the nursing home.

While active in the apostolate, Sr. Stephen was mainly assigned to the kitchen, pantry, refectory, Chapel, and as a Eucharistic Minister.  She loved animals – especially dogs, cats, and horses, and while her health permitted she went for a walk every day.  She often went out on her day off for a very well-done steak, a baked potato and a salad.  April Fool’s Day was one of her favorite days and she took great delight in fooling many an unsuspecting victim.  Sr. Stephen enjoyed watching EWTN and football and was an avid Notre Dame fan.  She also enjoyed a good party, Polish music, and dancing the Polka!

Sr. M. Stephen Immaculate was blessed with the gift of a long life – almost 97 years - and although we are sad to see her leave, we rejoice as she enters into her new and everlasting life!


Sunday, January 13, 2019 

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m followed by Evening Prayer

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

Ozanam Hall

42-41 201st Street

Bayside, NY 11361


Monday, January 14, 2019

10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

Ozanam Hall


Friday, January 25, 2019

St. John the Baptist Cemetery

St. John the Baptist Church

3024 South Ruch Street

Whitehall, PA 18052