Carmelite Events

Congregational Jubilee

Saturday, July 03, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink
It has been a steady stream of activities here at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse for the past three weeks.  From an evening of inspiring musical concert last May 21st by composer Dan Schutte, to celebrating  First Profession of Vows by Sr. Mary Josephine last May 30th, and just recently the gathering of over a hundred Sisters and Guests to celebrate the 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th Religious Jubilees by thirteen of our Carmelite Sisters.  Our sense of joy, excitement and celebrations have been as full as our calendars! Our celebrations began with the arrival of the Jubilarians and their guests on June 4th for some photo shoots.  By late afternoon, Avila was transformed into a bustle of activities as Sisters greeted each other, family members and guests being introduced, and the Avila Sisters getting busy with  “behind-the-scenes” preparations.  By suppertime, the refectory became a colorful venue displaying banners and a wonderful spread of food to be enjoyed.  Then the fun began! The Jubilee Mass was held June 5th at 11:00 am in Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY.  Most Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm was the Principal Celebrant.  Among the many Carmelite Friars present were Most Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm, (St. Elias Province), Most Rev. John Russell, O.Carm (Most Pure Heart of Mary Province), Rev. John Horan, O.Carm (St. Elias Province), Fr. Christopher Iannizzotto, O.Carm (St. Elias Province)  and Most Rev. Wayne Stanhope, O.Carm (Australian Province).  Among the diocesan clergy  present  were Rev. Msgr. Charles P. Coen, Rev. Joseph Kane, Rev. William Luciano, Rev. Paul Rouse and our Avila Chaplain Rev. Joseph Finch.  The presence of these Priests was a great tribute to our Congregation in general, and our Jubilarians in particular,  especially on the close of the Year of Priests 2009-2010. The theme of the Eucharistic Celebration was obviously that of Thanksgiving.  “Giving thanks is an act of educated people,” was Fr. Mario’s opening statement.  Just as it is important to show gratitude to others for favors received, so it is with our relationship with God.  Our Carmelite vocation of divine intimacy as exemplified by Mary, and zeal for the Lord of Hosts exemplified by St. Elijah, prompts us to give voice to the great wonders God worked in our Jubilarians’ long years of service to the elderly.  This event was about celebrating faithful service to God, but first and foremost, it is giving thanks to God who remained faithful to His promise spoken through the prophet Hosea on the day of one’s Religious Profession: “I will espouse you to me forever.  I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy.  I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the Lord.” (Hosea 2:21-22). The Celebrations continued in Carmel Hall with feasting and dancing.  It was a joyful and wonderful gathering worthy of our beloved Jubilarians! 4823_srs_camillus_and_eileen.jpg 4826_sr_patrick_and_friends.jpg 4843_dessert_table_crowd.jpg 4828_sr_mary_rose_and_sr_michelle.jpg 4829_sr_patricia_b.jpg 4832_sr_ignatius.jpg 4835_sr_patricia_francis.jpg 4812z_header_jubilee_2010.jpg 4813_jubilarian_group_photo.jpg 4820_food_table_popular.jpg 74980001.jpg 74980007.jpg 74980008.jpg 74980011.jpg 74980014.jpg 74980016.jpg 4891_25s_reading_vows.jpg 4881_sr_patrick_and_sr_patricia_b1.jpg 4889_srs_camillus_and_p_michael_read_vows.jpg 4890_50s_after_reading_vows.jpg 4825__srs_treasa_and_angelina.jpg 74970007.jpg 74960004.jpgMother Mark congratulating our Jubilarians. 74960014.jpg Jubilarians around the Jubilee Cake. 74960002.jpg  Congratulations!

First Profession of Religious Vows

Monday, June 07, 2010 | Comments (1) | Permalink
On May 30th, Trinity Sunday, at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Sr. Mary Josephine, O.Carm. took the next step in her journey of faith as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm by professing her Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity. Sister Mary was surrounded by her family from Ireland, including her dear Mum, who made the trip to witness this very special day. There were also a great number of Carmelite Sisters and other friends in attendance.  One of the many blessings of the day was to have Sr. Mary’s brother, Fr. Philip Crowe, C.S.Sp. as the Principal Celebrant of the Mass, along with other concelebrating Priests including Sister’s cousin from Boston MA, Fr. Peter Quinn. Most Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. officiated as the Master of Ceremony.   On this Feast of Trinity Sunday, Fr. Philip reminded everyone present of the joy and unity which we, along with the Angels and Saints in heaven, celebrate.   The homily was truly inspiring as Fr. Philip reminded the Carmelite Sisters of the great calling we have received and summarized this calling in this three-fold vocation: hospitality, respect and love for human dignity in the person of the elderly, and our Carmelite life of action and contemplation.   One could not help but be deeply touched when Father pointed out to his sister, Sr. Mary Josephine, that the Gospel she had chosen for her Profession was the same reading he chose for his Ordination!  Following the Eucharistic Celebration was a delicious meal  enjoyed by all and touched with much joy and laughter.  As the Sisters reflected on the day’s event they were reminded of the beauty and deep joy which come from a life given to God.   Sr. Mary Josephine and her family departed home to Ireland where Sister is assigned to Our Lady’s Manor in Dalkey.   We wish her many days filled with joy and peace in Carmel as she continues on her spiritual journey.   We assure her of our continued love and support.   God bless you, Sister Mary Josephine!    MASS PHOTOS  4638_our_lady_of_knock.jpg  4609_what_do_you_desire.jpg  4608_what_do_you_desire.jpg  4649_fr_quinn_offers_toast.jpg  74490014.jpg   74480006.jpg   74490024.jpg  74490026.jpg 744800091.jpg 744800011.jpg 744800051.jpg 744800101.jpg  4701_sr_mary_speaking2.jpg  744800151.jpg  744800161.jpg  74480020.jpg 74480022.jpg  74480023.jpg  74480028.jpg 74490006.jpg 74490008.jpg  74480034.jpg AFTER MASS 74520009.jpg Sr. Mary Josephine and Crowe Family. 745200061.jpg Sr. Mary Josephine, Mother Mark and Council. 745200172.jpg Sr. Mary Josephine and Formation Team. 745200081.jpg Sr. Mary Josephine and Fr. Philip Crowe. 745200131.jpg  Sr. Mary Josephine and Clergy. LUNCHEON PHOTOS 74490003.jpg  74520025.jpg      4614_profession_of_vows1.jpg Mother Mark remarks on the happy occasion. 4616_receiving_black_veil1.jpg Fr. Peter Quinn, Sr. Mary Josephine's cousin, offers a toast. 74520032.jpg  Sr. Mary Josephine thanks the Community and all Guests present.   4645_mother_mark_remarks.jpg  The newly professed, Sr. Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm 4707_sr_mary.jpg

Starring Sr. Brigid!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010 | Comments (2) | Permalink
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Celebrating 80 Years

Monday, May 24, 2010 | Comments (2) | Permalink
2009 – 2010 marks 80 years of the life and ministry of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Mother Angeline Teresa McCrory, Servant of God, founded the Congregation in 1929 during the time of the Great Depression.  Since that period, the Congregation has seen many changes and dealt with many challenges in their ministry of providing care to the elderly in the many Homes served by the Sisters.  But despite these challenges, the 80 years of service to God and His Church deserve recognition and celebration.The Carmelite Sisters hosted an Evening of Reflection at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse on May 21, 2010.  The event was facilitated by a famous composer and musician, Dan Schutte.  Dan has been composing music for worship for more than 30 years. Many of his most celebrated pieces, including “Here I Am Lord”, “City of God”, and “Sing A New Song” come from his years of collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits.  His more recent pieces still exhibit that enduring ability to reach into people’s hearts and draw them into prayer.  He is one of the best-known, most prolific and influential composers of Catholic music for the liturgy.  The event, a special time of music and prayer, was open to the public and was attended by our Sisters and guests from near and far, numbering close to two hundred.  Dan took us on a spiritual journey using his scores of music and personal stories as a backdrop to enter more fully into the experience of God’s presence in our lives and among us.  We are blessed to have been given this wonderful opportunity to meet the man behind the wonderful songs which have been part of our many liturgical celebrations all these years! Thank you, Dan Schutte! The celebrations continued with the Mass of Thanksgiving the next day, May 22nd.   Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm was the Celebrant and our Community Choir, along with Dan, provided the music.   It was a marvelous way to give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed on our Congregation. Following the Eucharistic Feast, a delicious meal was served to close the weekend celebrations .4559danaudience.jpg    4583frashley.jpg   4575beginner.jpg   4591danfrashleyatfoodtruck.jpg                   4590zheader.jpg     4592bcakeatdinner.jpg    4554audience.jpg                                                         4549danfrontview.jpg   4543danpianogroup.jpg     4539danguitar.jpg    4535mmlanddan1.jpg 4585peacetodan.jpg  4578congregationatmass.jpg  4584kissofpeace.jpg  4522zheader.jpg                                                          4565mmlthanksdan.jpg

Rejoicing in the Lord!

Sunday, May 16, 2010 | Comments (3) | Permalink
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Frontlines: Carmelite Sisters

Friday, May 14, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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 By Tim Puet

Catholic Times

The philosophy of care provided by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at their facilities in Columbus can best be described by a motto posted at several locations in the Villas at St. Therese: “Always remember … the residents we serve don’t live in our workplace; we work in their homes.” REST OF THE STORY

Sr. Diane's Reflection On Religious Life

Friday, May 14, 2010 | Comments (1) | Permalink
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Carmel: Prayer, Community, Ministry

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink
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Mother Angeline Ministries of Care

Saturday, March 20, 2010 | Comments (1) | Permalink
The Mother Angeline Ministries of Care is a volunteer parish outreach program to the sick and homebound which promotes the ideals and values of our Foundress, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.  The program, begun under the inspiration of Joan and Bill Nelson, involves extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist in four parishes in New Hampshire.  Through a series of training sessions, Ministers of Care enhance their skills in providing a spiritual support and a caring presence to the homebound, sick and hospitalized.  Training includes sessions on Mother Angeline's philosophy of care, understanding memory and physical impairment, the needs of elders living in the community, life review and reminiscing, spirituality of aging, compassionate listening and visits and the impact of family dynamics on relationships with the homebound individual.  Another module of training will involve visits to the dying. img_0005.JPG October 3, 2009:  Mother Mark speaks at Day of Recollection in Rochester, NH img_0012.JPG October 3, 2009: Sr. Anthony leads a round table discussion. img_0050.jpg November 14, 2009: Sr. Peter Lillian makes a point.  Mother Mark and Sr. Michelle (not shown) assisted. img_0020.JPG Mother Angeline Ministers of Care at Holy Rosary Church, Rochester, NH, attending candlelight service.

Novena to Saint Patrick

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Comments (1) | Permalink
Beginning March 9 - 17, 2010, private novena to Saint Patrick will be recited during the Carmelite Sisters Morning Prayer as part of their tradition and devotion. saint_patrick3.jpg Prayer: "O God, who sent among us your blessed servant, St. Patrick, who like an Elias, breathed into your people the splendid hope of Christ's second coming and infused into his heart so great a share of your own tenderness, charity and zeal: listen to the prayers we now offer up in union with the prayers of this great man of faith, and grant through his intercession the intention of this novena, and the grace rather to die than offend thee.  Amen. Great Saint Patrick, pray for us!