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News Story: Carmelite Sister Finds Joy in Ministry

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Eileen Connely, The Catholic Telegraph

 

Sister Teresa Kathleen Dominick, O.Carm.

It was as a child that Sister M. Teresa Kathleen Dominick first became acquainted with the compassionate and skilled ministry of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The community, founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, ministers to the elderly in the person of Christ, while always returning to the spiritual mount of prayer and contemplation.

“I met our sisters at our home in Chicago when I was in the sixth grade,” Sister Kathleen recalled. “They were very down to earth, happy in what they were doing, and clearly loved caring for the residents.”

Sister Kathleen said she “fell in love with caring for the elderly,” too, and has been a Carmelite for 57 years.

The sisters minister in long-term healthcare, assisted living and independent living facilities located primarily in the United States, with one home in Ireland. In the archdiocese, they operate St. Margaret Hall, where Sister Kathleen serves as a resident representative and family advocate, along with being involved in pastoral ministry. Her role, she explained, is to welcome new residents, visiting daily for the first two weeks to ensure they feel comfortable and are adjusting to the change in environment. Sister Kathleen also spends time with residents’ relatives, answering questions and offering reassurance.

“They are turning the care of their family members over to us, many after caring for them for a long time,” she said. “Once they learn we can do the same thing they did at home, they can relax, spend time with their family members, and love them. We provide the physical care, and they can be the emotional support.”

“I tell people that the elderly give so much more to us than we give to them,” Sister Kathleen said. “They share their love, their wisdom, their appreciation for our care. They don’t ask a lot, just to be recognized as a person and to know that someone cares about them. That’s the best gift we can give to any of our residents.”

 

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R.I.P Sister M. Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

Sister Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor, MA on March 6, 2019 in the 73 rd year of her religious life. 

Carolyn Therese Keane was born on February 27, 1927 in Manchester, NH to Timothy and Catherine (nee Sears) Keane.  Having lived 33 years as a Sister of Mercy, after a canonical transfer process , the then Sr. M. Cornelius Timothy was received into Carmel on January 5, 1980.  She professed final vows as a Carmelite Sister on January 4, 1981, and later returned to her baptismal name.

Sr. Carolyn’s missions included Mary Manning Walsh Home, Carmel Manor, and Ferncliff Nursing Home for brief periods of time.  At St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY, she was appointed Assistant Novice Director and Temporary Vow Director (1985-1989) and went on to serve at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, NH (1990-1997), St. Raphael’s Home, OH (1997-2005), and Marian Manor, MA (1981-1985 and 2005-2016).  In 2016,  Sr. Carolyn was transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor, MA due to failing health  and was eventually admitted as a resident.

Always very generous in the apostolate, Sr. Carolyn ministered as unit coordinator and resident advocate, in medical records and computer data entry, assisting in Chapel and distributed Holy Communion.  In addition, God blessed Sr. Carolyn with a beautiful voice and she would often raise it in song for the Sisters and the residents.

Sr. Carolyn Therese went Home to the Lord on Ash Wednesday, the day that begins our Lenten journey toward Easter.  Her journey of 92 years has ended and she now celebrates her very own Easter – and rejoices to see the Risen Lord face-to-face!

WAKE:

Tuesday, March 12, 20192:00 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:

 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Wednesday, March 13, 201912:45 p.m. (approximately)

 St. Joseph New Cemetery

448 Donald Street 

Bedford, NH03110