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Sister Helena - Saturday, September 29, 2018

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."




Anonymous commented on 29-Sep-2018 04:27 PM
A special thank you to each of our new a Postulants, for sharing with us
their personal story. It is a joy to have you & walk with you in your journey
to Carmel. Blessings to each of you.
Sister Mary Robert Romano
Teresian House

Sister Jean Davis, O.Carm. commented on 29-Sep-2018 04:35 PM
As a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm, I am so thankful to these four young women for opening a window and allowing us to understand the brave choice they have made. Their statements serve to remind me of my own path to Carmel and the numerous blessings that have been mine for over sixty years. I pray each one will have the promised hundredfold.
Anonymous commented on 29-Sep-2018 04:58 PM
I am so proud of you all. May you grow into deep intimacy with Him who loves you as the apple of His eye.. Sr.Mary
Leslee Devlin commented on 01-Oct-2018 09:29 AM
Congratulation in accepting the call of Christ to the order of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm!
I pray Our Blessed Mother of Mt. Carmel will watch over each one of you.
God bless,
Leslee Devlin, Ozanam Hall Board Member
Dave Van Tuyl commented on 12-Oct-2018 06:59 PM
What an inspiring story of faith and love for Christ and His Mystical Body you wonderful young women share! May God bless you richly as you continue to listen to His voice and follow where He leads!! The Van Tuyl Family, Anchorage Alaska

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