Carmelite Events

Vocation Discernment Retreat

Sunday, November 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters hosted  its Vocation Discernment Retreat on November 4-6, 2016 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse.  There were 5 young women who participated from Atlantic City (New Jersey), Staten Island (New York), New Paltz, (New York), Ossining (New York) and Williamsburg (Virginia).  Monsignor Kieran Harrington was the Retreat Master and Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm. organized and guided the event.  The theme for this year's Discernment Retreat was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 64:8, "You are the Potter, We are the Clay."  Our guests participated in the liturgy, socials with the Sisters, faith sharing, spiritual consultation and Confession with Father Harrington, as well as private meetings with Sr. Mary O'Donovan, Vocation Director for the Carmelite Sisters.  There was also an opportunity to tour the Mother Angeline Heritage Center which houses the memorabilia of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Foundress of the Congregation.

The Sisters who shared lunch with the young women received a crash course on how to navigate the world of social media! It was a lot of fun!

We pray that God bless these young women in their discernment and lead them to the path He has chosen for each of them. During this week of National Vocation Awareness, we continue to pray to the Harvest Master to send vocations to our Community so that the Sisters mission and charism of care to the elderly will continue.

Remembering Our Deceased Sisters

Friday, October 28, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

As the month of November approaches, a special prayer service in remembrance of our deceased Sisters was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse Chapel on October 28, 2016. It was attended by the Congregation’s Administrators and Prioresses who were at the Motherhouse for their meetings. The Avila Sisters also participated.  The names of the deceased were read.  "Heart Cards" bearing their names were placed on a beautiful trellis.  The participants then processed to pick a card and to pray for the deceased Sister whose name was on the card.  The prayer service brought back long gone faces of happy memories.

May the souls of our deceased Sisters rest in peace! May they receive the reward promised by Jesus to those who loved Him.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)





Saturday, October 22, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters sponsored the Annual Rosary Rally held at their Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. It has been a custom for those participating to walk in procession around the convent property, enjoy and  admire the foliage and beautiful scenery the Hudson Valley has to offer, and conclude with the highlight October crowning of Our Lady. This year, however, the weather was not conducive to a procession and the event was decidedly held in Chapel. The Eucharist was celebrated by Father Christopher J. Iannizzotto, O.Carm.
As in previous years, tables were set up for the many free religious items and books. Despite the rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day to honor Mary! Thanks to all who joined us! Hope to see you again next year!




2016 Jubilee Celebration

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | Comments (1) | Permalink

During this Year of Mercy, we give thanks to God for our Sisters who celebrated their 80th, 70th, 60th, 50th and 25th Religious Jubilees!  The event was held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY on June 4, 2016 and was attended by Carmelite Sisters, families and friends.  Most Reverend Mitchell Thomas Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts was the Main Celebrant.    It was certainly a day filled with sunshine, joy and graces. 


Sr. M. Benigna Consolata Palmiere, O.Carm. 


Sr. Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm. (Not Pictured)

Sr. M. Xavier Frances Marchiony, O.Carm.


Sr. M. Shawn Bernadette Flynn, O.Carm.

Sr. Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm.

Sr. Mary Ellen Bernadette Magano, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel Markey, O.Carm.


Sr. M. Shawn Bernard of the Holy Spirit Daniel, O.Carm.

Sr. Joseph Marie of the Holy Spirit Maloney, O.Carm.

Sr. Alice Webster, O.Carm.


Sr. M. Francis Pio Bucha, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Julie of St. Joseph McCarthy, O.Carm.

Sister Benigna, our 80th Jubilarian, also celebrated her 100th birthday this year! 



Discernment Retreat Weekend

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


  Date:  November 4-6, 2016  For Single Women Ages 18-40 



Daily Schedule Includes:
  • Holy Mass and Lectures
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Evening and Night Prayer
  • Spiritual Direction (as available)
  • Time for Reflection, Prayer and Relaxation
Accommodations Include:
  • Chapel
  • Private Rooms
  • Lounge and Library
  • Spacious grounds overlooking the Hudson River for leisure walking and reflection.

Time of Arrival: Friday, NOVEMBER 4 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, NOVEMBER 4 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, NOVEMBER 6, after lunch 

Cost: $50.00 per person - Financial Assistance available upon request

Cost: $60.00 per person AFTER OCTOBER 21, 2016

Checks Payable to:  Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

RETURN TO:  Sr. Mary O"Donovan, O.Carm, St. Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526   Email:  

Tel No: 518-537-5000    Fax: 518-537-4725

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Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V. E. is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.  He is responsible for overseeing the Diocesan Public Information Office, Government Affairs and Public Policy Office, the NET (a NYC Cable Station), as well as The Tablet ( a local newspaper).  He was appointed to this position in December 2006.  Before that he was Director of Government Affairs for the Diocese and a leader of early efforts to bring Education Tax Credit legislation to the forefront of public poilicy discussions in Albany.  Msgr. Harrington is the administrator of Saint Joseph's Church in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.  He graduated Cum Laude from Saint John's University with a degree in Philosophy.  Monsignor Harrington holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Master's of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.                                                 


R.I.P Sister Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Comments (2) | Permalink



Sister M. Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm. went home to the Lord very peacefully in the very early morning hours of September 9, 2016 in the 71 st year of her religious life.  Although she was of advanced age and slowly failing, there was no indication that Sr. Veronica’s death was imminent.

Born on November 1, 1918 in the Bronx, NY to Eugene and Constance (DeBlasio) Ciarlante, Ella Rita Ciarlante, (known as Eleanor) entered the Congregation on September 7, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Home.Taking the name Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower, she received the Carmelite Habit on March 19, 1946, professed first vows on June 16, 1947, and made her final profession on October 3, 1951.

During her 7 decades in Carmel, Sr. Veronica ministered in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.She gave generously of herself to the apostolate in various capacities, including Dietary (she studied at the New York Institute of Dietetics), Housekeeping, Purchasing, and Administration.During her time at St. Rita’s Home in Columbus, OH (1969-1970 and 1985-1990), Sr. Veronica fulfilled the roles of Superior and Administrator, and was also appointed to the role of

Superior/Administrator for six of her seven years at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA, where she was stationed from 1990-1997. She stayed the longest period of time at St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY (1999-2009), followed by St. Patrick’s Manor (2009-2016) where she lived out her final years as a resident, and received loving care from our Sisters and staff.

Sr. Veronica loved to cook, especially Italian food, and was very proud of her Italian heritage. She always did her best in whatever she was asked to do, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.May the Lord whom she served so long and faithfully, now bring her into the joyous company of our Sisters who have gone before us.May Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower join them in praying for the blessing of good and holy vocations to our beloved Congregation.


Tuesday, September 13, 20162:00 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 10701-4892


Wednesday, September 14, 201610:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 


Welcome Sisters!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Our Sisters in Temporary Vows with their Director invited the Novitiate and Sr. Mary O'Donovan (Vocation Director) for a great dinner-out and some fun. Twice a year the Temporary Vow Sisters return to the Motherhouse from their respective Mission Houses for a week of prayer, community and conferences. Seated from front left: Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Maureen Paul, Sr. Hope Therese, Sr. Philomena Anne (novice). Seated from front right: Sr. Catherine Angeline, Sr. Mary (vocation director), Sr. Lois Ann (director of temporary vows), Sr. Luke Mary and Sr. Mary Josephine. Not pictured: Sr. Helena of Mary (novice director).

UPCOMING EVENT: Community Wellness Fair

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Event: Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home Community Wellness Fair

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10 am-1:00 pm

Where: Ferncliff Nursing Home, 52 River Road, Rhinebeck, NY


Sr. Mary Anne Dennehy, O.Carm. BSN, MA, RN
Parish Outreach Representative
Day Health Center
88 Old Town Road, Staten Island, NY 10304
P (718) 407-2913F (718) 668-8553M (646) 872-7683



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Renewal Program 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On September 6 - October 1, the Annual Renewal Program for the  Carmelite Sisters will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The program runs for a month with Retreat being held at the last week of the program.  During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Session I opens with reflections on "The Wideness of God's Mercy: Year of Mercy and Saint Faustina" given to us by Sister Caterina Esselen, O.L.M .  Sister Caterina is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Sister Faustina belonged.  Sister has been proclaiming the message of Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes, schools and prisons.  On the second week of the program (Session II), Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. will speak on the topic of "Daughter of Carmel- Carmelite Spirituality in the Life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa."  Father Mario is the current Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and was recently appointed General Postulator for the Order of Carmelites effective 2017.  Reverend Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm . closes the program with his two-day talk on "The Carmelite Mystics ." Father Leo was a member of the Historical Commission for the Process of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause from 2004-2005.  For over 30 years, he has taught Carmelite history to the Novitiate in Middletown, NY.  During Session III, Sister Kelly Connors, P.M, JCD will be our speaker.  The title of her conferences is "Companions on the Journey- Tools for Successful Community Living."  Sister Kelly is a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, United States Province.  She serves as canonical consultant to various dioceses and religious institutes and speaks nationally and internationally on Canon Law and Religious Life.

The Renewal Program will close with a week-long Retreat preached by Reverend Peter DiMaria on October 1, Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.



  Relic of Saint Faustina.

  Sister M. Caterina Esselen, O.L.M

  Participants of the 2016 Carmelite Renewal Program with the Temporary Vow Sisters

87th Year Anniversary of Foundation

Saturday, September 03, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa (center) and her Six Companions

In 1929, Mother Mary Angeline Teresa pioneered a different approach to the care of the elderly and infirm. In addition to fulfilling physical and spiritual needs, she stressed the importance of a home-like atmosphere that encouraged residents to maintain their personal sense of dignity and independence. To that end Mother Angeline founded a new religious community - the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. With six other Sisters she set about making her vision a reality. From this relatively new beginning the work of the Congregation flourished and the Community was invited to work in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and as far west as Iowa. We currently serve in 20 facilities in the United States and Ireland. Mother Angeline Teresa’s philosophy of care is the keystone of the Carmelite commitment. The Sisters labor to make each Carmelite Home a genuine haven of love and Christian joy, serving each guest as if ministering to Our Lord Himself. Through their lives of prayer and in concert with the dedicated men and women who share their commitment to serve the elderly, the Carmelite Sisters share the Gospel message with the people of God and bring His love and healing to the Aged entrusted to their care. We are grateful to God for the continued grace of being able to minister to our beloved residents.  In these times of vocational and healthcare challenges, we continue to hope and pray, that the work began 87 years ago will continue to bear fruit and flourish for the greater glory of God and His Church!


"Foundation Tree" displayed in the Sisters Dining Room to celebrate the day.


Cassandra Tritto is the artist of the "Foundation Tree" and current employee of St. Teresa's Motherhouse.  Great job, Cassandra!


Foundation Day Photo Board display outside the Sisters Chapel at St. Teresa's Motherhouse