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Blessing of McCrory Center- New Carmelite System Facility

Monday, September 13, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink
The much-awaited new office building constructed on the property of the Carmelite Sisters finally became a reality on  September 10, 2010.  Named after the Foundress Mother Angeline McCrory, the McCrory Center will be the new office setting for the Carmelite System.  The Blessing of the McCrory Center was performed by Rev. Brian Mcweeney and was attended by Mother M.Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm and her Council, Carmelite System Board of Directors and Staff members, Avila Sisters and Sisters participating in this year's Renewal Program and  Construction Workers.  The Blessing Ceremony was opened by Mother Mark with words of heartfelt gratitude for the concerted efforts poured into the project by those involved in the planning and building.  We thank God for continually blessing all of our endeavors and plans.  The joy of the day was reflected in the enthusiastic singing of "Glory and Praise to our God" followed by the Intercessory Prayers read by several Carmelite Sisters.  Fr. Brian Mcweeney proceeded to bless each room assisted by Sr. Ambrose, O.Carm.  Guests and attendees rounded up the event with a tour of the new building. 6478_front_view1.jpg McCrory Center- Front View 6483_back_of_bldg_w_ramp.jpg McCrory Center- Back of Building 6491_front_central_section_and_flowers.jpg McCrory Center- Fron and Central Views. 6618a_d.jpg   6621g_j.JPG  Sisters awaiting Blessing Ceremony dscn05991.jpg      Carmelite System Staff Members dscn0605.jpg  dscn0606.jpg  dscn0607.jpg  dscn0609.jpg dscn0611.jpg  dscn0612.jpg  dscn0613.jpg  dscn0617.jpg

Update on Mother Angeline's Cause

Friday, September 10, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink
foundress.jpg  Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm- Servant of God As the readers of the Teresian Society Bulletin know, last year, in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, there was an investigaton into a possible miracle that was widely reported in the press.  Through the cooperation of the diocesan officials there, all the testimonies, proofs, and medical records were sent to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome.  Whenever the Acts of an alleged miracle are received in the Congregation, the first thing that happens is that the Acts are opened and carefully checked to be sure all of the paper work is there, done properly, and in order.  We were pleased to find out that on June 4, 2010, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints decreed that the miracle investigation was "juridically valid"- that is- everything was done and presented correctly.  As a result of this, the Congregation will be able, in due time, to evaluate the alleged miracle and to see, possibly, if the hand of God was present through the intercession of Mother M. Angeline Teresa.  Please continue to keep the entire Cause in your prayers and never hesitate to ask the Servant of God for her heavenly help. Please report any favors granted through the intercession of Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm, Servant of God to:     The Postulator's Office, Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm , 600 Woods Road, Germantown, New York, 12526

Astor Estate: Carmelite Sisters and Ferncliff Nursing Home

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | Comments (14) | Permalink
The wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky in small town Rhinebeck, NY, created national and international Press sensation !  The secrecy surrounding the events, and the lack of available details, created  even  more hunger for either facts or fiction, on the part of the media and ordinary people.  Adding to the mystique of it all was the involvement of that famous name, "Astor."  Astor Courts... That sure brings to the picture a group of Carmelite Sisters located in nearby Germantown, NY.  For you see, before the Clintons and Mezvinsky's had set their eyes on this beautiful piece of land overlooking the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, NY, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, were already about their business taking care of their beloved residents in a nursing home built on this now famous piece of property!  We are privileged to share with you our past history.  Through archival photographs and articles we hope to bring you back to the time and place the Sisters and Residents used to call "Home." HISTORY "Ferncliff Residence was the main house of  the former palatial estate in Rhinebeck and was once known as the "Tennis House," one of the very few privately owned sports palaces in the country. The main house on the estate was demolished in 1945 and at that time, Mr and Mrs. Astor moved into the remodeled "Tennis House" built in 1903. When the structure was built , the Astor family was headed by Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, the son of William Astor, a descendant of the original John Jacob Astor who arrived in America in 1784. He was a poor man and built up a huge fortune in the fur trade. Ferncliff remained under the ownership of Colonel Astor untill he perished at sea in 1912, in the sinking of the liner, Titanic. The estate then passed on to his son, Vincent Astor, who died in 1959. The present Mrs. Astor is the former Mary Brooke Russell Marshall who married Mr. Astor in 1953. In May of 1964, Mrs. Astor confirmed that she planned to give her estate over to Catholic Charities. His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, invited Mother Angeline to staff and operate the former "Tennis House" as a Home for the Aged, conducted by Catholic Religious Order of Women in affiliation with New York Catholic Charities. It was the 35th home to be started in our Congregation. Ferncliff Residence had rather humble beginnings in very exquisite surroundings. The original home established in 1965 and dedicated by Francis Cardinal Spellman on October 6, 1967, served approximately 20 residents in the “Astor’s Casino” building overlooking the Hudson River. One could stand in the entrance and imagine the gala balls that were held there and almost hear the music. Construction of a then modern nursing home off River Road was completed in 1973. Terence Cardinal Cooke dedicated Ferncliff Nursing Home on June 6 of that  year.  Two hexagonal “towers” were added to the building in the 1990’s to provide more dining and recreation space as well as enhanced work areas. Not only did the structure change but also services evolved as the needs of our residents increased. There has been more focus on the medical, nursing and rehabilitative needs of both our long and short-tern residents. The latter was itself a very rare concept 30 years ago. We offered an Adult Day Care Program that was also unheard of when nursing home was built in the early 70's.  Ferncliff” was home to 328 elderly nursing home residents and was also the employer of over 440 people. Additionally, we were fortunate to have the services of approximately 80 volunteers. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm were the driving force in the development of Ferncliff since its earliest days. Our residents, however, were the heart of “Ferncliff” and our reason for being. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have as their sole mission the care of the elderly in home-like facilities. The Carmelite Sisters were founded in New York City by Mother M. Angeline Teresa in 1929. Their Motherhouse is in nearby Germantown, NY and Sisters serve in the facilities from Florida to Massachusetts and New York to Iowa, as well as Ireland. Respect for each individual and their personal dignity are hallmarks of Carmelite facilities and therefore, of Ferncliff. Mother Angeline always emphasized the importance of being kind to the elderly. It seems like such a simple thing and yet each act of kindness or kind word can lighten and brighten the day of an elderly person, as it can for any of us!..." Taken from Archival Records 01_welcome_to_ferncliff1.jpg  Building now known as Astor Casino was used as nursing home to care for the aged and infirm. 2010-07-06-astor1.jpg  Present View (obtained by Google Search: Astor Courts). 03_the_pool_is_inside00011.jpg  04_the_pool00011.jpg  The Inside Pool ( then).     4752195579_0c3835ac6a.jpg   11-6-astor-court-4.jpg  and now  (obtained by Google Search: Astor Courts)). 09_the_tennis_courts_and_sr_armand00011.jpg  The tennis court then... astorcourts19.jpg  and now (obtained by Google Search: Astor Courts). 05_sitting_room00011.jpg  Sitting Room. 06_bathroom00011.jpg  A bathroom    3523535216_efe893502d.jpg  Present day bathroom (Google Search). 11_a_building00012.jpg  Back view of the tennis court house (large building) and Annex building used as Chapel by the Sisters. 02_the_heart_of_our_home2.jpg  The Chapel (view from inside). 10_a_tree_on_the_property00011.jpg  A Sister and Resident enjoying a beautiful afternoon. 07_winter_time00011.jpg  Astor Estate in the winter. 08_sisters_in_front_of_a_fireplace0001.jpg  First Carmelite Sisters in Ferncliff Nursing Home. (fireplace background) astorcourtsmaidujour4.jpg  Fireplace on the background. 256763471_thumb1.jpg  Sisters with Residents (Google Search: Astor Courts) 3027849618_1425a2ba14.jpg  Same room above (notice the elaborate center ceiling). (Google Search) sistersinroom00011.jpg  Carmelite Sisters with Mother Angeline Teresa (Foundress-center).

Carmelite Sisters: In the News

Saturday, July 31, 2010 | Comments (1) | Permalink
 4645_mother_mark_remarks.jpg  Sr. Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm  The Evangelist, the Official Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, conducted an interview with women who found Religious Life as their second career.  Included in this article was an interview with our very own, Sr. Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm.  The article is re-posted here with  expressed permission from the editor of The Evangelist, Mr. Christopher Ringwald. FULL ARTICLE

Meet Our Neighbors!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | Comments (2) | Permalink
It is amazing what  woods and forest can hide!  These creatures live and roam the grounds of St. Teresa's Motherhouse.  Thanks to our Sr. Fidelis Therese and her wonderful camera, they are seen here for our enjoyment! bee_at_flower.jpg   brown_rabbit_.jpg   chipmunk.jpg   ducks_whogoeswhere_2088.jpg   eagles_small_collage.jpg fawn_baby.jpg   fox_walking_on_logs.jpg   two_fox_pups.jpg  turkey_and_deer_2147.jpg   monarch_butterfly.jpg swans_in_hudson_river.jpg  nuthatches.jpg  killdeer_sitting_on_egg_5002.jpg  two_wasps.jpg  groundhogs.jpg

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink
Join our Carmelite family as we prepare to celebrate the Solemn Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel  with a nine day novena beginning July 8 to 16: “O blessed and Immaculate Virgin, beauty and splendor of Carmel, you who regard with an eye of special kindness those who wear your blessed habit, look down benignly upon us and cover us with the mantle of your special protection.  Strengthen our weakness with your power, enlighten the darkness of our minds with your wisdom; increase in us faith, hope and charity.  Adorn our souls with such graces  and blessings as will ever be pleasing to your divine Son and to you.  Assist us in life; console us in death with your most loving presence, and present us to the most august Trinity as your devoted servants and children, that we may eternally bless and praise you in paradise.  Amen. “ “When our Congregation started, I placed everything in the hands of Our Lady.  I do so now once again  and ask her to watch over, guide and protect each and everyone of you.”    Mother Angeline Teresa, Servant of God 3586449811_7a8e5572db.jpg

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