Carmelite Events


Friday, August 03, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters will hold this year's Rosary Rally on October 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  The event will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, New York, 12526.  This year's celebrant is Father James Hess, O.Carm., Carmelite Chaplain of the Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse.  Please make an effort to attend in honor of Our Blessed Mother! For more information, send inquiries using this website or call 518-537-5000.

An Article on God's Grace in our Lives

Thursday, August 02, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Rev. Terrance Klein wrote an article entitled "How Can We Recognize God's Grace in Our Lives?"  This article was published on August 1, 2018 by America Magazine and is now being reprinted with expressed permission from the Editor.

Sister Michelle of All Saints Moore, O.Carm., who Father Klein mentions in the article, is continuing the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm's mission of care to the elderly at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA.   






Carmelite Sisters Participated at PA Youth Rally

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story contribution by Sister Joseph Deirdre, O.Carm.

Photos by Sister Barbara Maloy, O.Carm.


About sixty teenagers gathered in the diocese of Scranton at St. John Neumann Regional Academy, Williamsport, PA for a Catholic Youth Rally on Saturday, June 15, 2018.  Romans 12:2 was the basis of the theme, “Transformed”.  “Do not be conformed to this world but be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.”  The young people responded enthusiastically to the messages of encouragement and challenge.  Christ is the only Truth.  Living the Truth calls for effort and dedication. Sisters from five religious communities and three diocesan priests attended the rally.  Sr. Joseph Marie, Sr. Barbara Maloy, and Sr. Joseph Deirdre participated and felt young again! One message they brought home was the quiet fervor of the youths during the Eucharistic Adoration. They gazed, prayed, and sang with passion and zeal.  Let us pray the Holy Spirit falls afresh on them and transforms them in God’s love.   




Sister Philomena Anne's First Profession of Vows

Sunday, June 24, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 9, 2018, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm witnessed Sister Philomena Anne’s profession of First Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity in the Order of Carmel.  It was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. was the principal celebrant and Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was Master of Ceremony.  Concelebrating at Mass were other Carmelite Friars- Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm., and Rev. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm.  Sister Philomena’s family from Lynchburg, Virginia and West Milford, New Jersey came to attend.  Sister Philomena Anne will leave for Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Center, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2018 to begin her mission assignment.  We wish her a very happy, fulfilled and blessed life in her new home and ministry!

R.I.P Sister M. Benigna Consolata, O.Carm.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister M. Benigna Consolata, O.Carm.

On the morning of Thursday, June 21, 2018 while sitting in her chair, fully clothed in her habit, waiting for a Sister to take her to meet her Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus came for Sr. Benigna Himself and took her to the Beatific Vision instead. She was in the 82 nd year of her religious life, and approaching her 102nd birthday!

Marie Bernadette Palmiere was born on September 2, 1916 in New York City to Rosario and Carmella (nee Dottoli) Pinizzotta. Entering the Congregation on June 19, 1936, less than seven years after its founding, Sr. Benigna received the habit on March 13, 1937, made her first profession of vows on March 17, 1938 and professed perpetual vows on December 9, 1942.  Her first mission was Mt. Carmel Home, NY (1938-1958) after which she served at St. Joseph’s Seminary and Mater Christi Seminary.  Her many other missions included Marian Manor, Carmel Hall, Carmel Manor, St. Mary’s Home, Lourdes Residence, St. Rita’s Home, Catholic Memorial Home, St. Patrick’s Manor, The Pennsylvania, Mary Manning Walsh Home, St. Raphael’s Home, and Madonna Residence.  Sr. Benigna was missioned at St. Patrick’s Home in June of 1995 where she remained until her death.  During that time she enjoyed going to the Activities Department and spending time visiting the residents.  She was loved very much by all, and during her later years was well cared for by the Sisters and staff of St. Patrick’s Home.

Sr. Benigna Consolata lived a full life and kept the Sisters laughing. She was always interested in knowing about vocations to our Congregation and prayed fervently for this intention.  She loved to sing and dance, and at her 80 th Jubilee in 2016 - with a little help from her Sisters - Sr. Benigna danced joyfully in celebration.  Now her joy will know no bounds as she sheds the burden of her years and leaps for joy as she dances before the Lord!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463




Monday, June 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

Bronx, New York 10463 



Monday, June 25, 2018

1:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, New York 12526



White Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Thursday, June 07, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sister Maureen Elizabeth, O.Carm.


Our Carmelite Sisters from Mary Manning Walsh Home in New York City and Carmel Richmond in Staten Island attended the Annual White Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on June 7, 2018 for Healthcare workers in the Archdiocese of New York.  Sister Mary Suzanne Sapa, O.Carm. read the Prayer of the Faithful.


Jubilee Celebrations 2018

Saturday, June 02, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 2, 2018, Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse at Avila-on-Hudson celebrated with our Carmelite Sisters who are commemorating their respective 70, 60 and 50 years of religious jubilees. As in times past, the celebration began with a festive Jubilee Socials on the eve of the Congregational Mass on June 2nd. The friends, family members and Sisters who were able to travel joined to thank God in fraternity for the many graces He has bestowed on our Jubilarians.  By their 930 years (and counting) of combined dedication, love and service to the elderly and our congregation, one cannot help but break into thanksgiving and praise!

On June 2, 2018, Father James Price, C.P, along with other invited members of the clergy, celebrated the Jubilee Mass at Saint Teresa's Chapel.  We are so grateful to the Carmelite pre-novices who made the liturgical celebration richer by their participation. We thank friends and families for joining us in the celebrations.  It was a graced moment for all present in very many ways.

After the Eucharistic liturgy, everyone proceeded to Carmel Hall for the reception.  God bless our dear Jubilarians!

Jubilarians of 2018

70th Jubilee- 1948

Sr. M. Helen Rosarie Arakelian, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Anthony Rosarie DiOrio, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Brendan Rosarie O’Brien, O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1958

Sr. M.Dolores Courtney, O.Carm.

Sr. Eileen Mary Fitzsimmons, O.Carm.

Sr. Margaret Therese Marie Jackson, O.Carm.

Sr. Joan Mary Lewis, O.Carm.

Sr. Angelica Rose Marie Mora, O.Carm.

Sr. Pauline Ross, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Virginia Aloysius Russo, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1968

Sr. Mary Ann Dennehy, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Jeanette David Lindsay, O.Carm.

Sr. Maureen Theresa Murray, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Therese Suzanne Rankin, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Michelle Anne Reho, O.Carm.

Sr. Mary Suzanne Sapa, O.Carm.





Memorial Day Cook-Out

Monday, May 28, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On this Memorial Day, the Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse celebrated with a cook-out at our cloister walk. We remember the sacrifices made by our troops to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. May we never take them for granted.  God bless our country and God bless our troops!


Saint Patrick's Residence National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by Cathy Carr

Saint Patrick's Residence, Marketing & Development Director

As we celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 13 – 18, we would like to share a St. Patrick’s Residence video we created to promote and thank our staff for the difference they make…The Difference is Love.

New Chaplain for St. Teresa's Motherhouse

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Father James Hess, O.Carm.


Father James Hess was born in Syracuse, New York on July 4, 1948. He entered the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Middletown, New York in 1963 before beginning the religious and priestly formation program in the Saint Elias Province of Carmelites. On September 7, 1974, Father professed Solemn Vows and was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1976 in Middletown, New York.  Father studied Theology at the Washington Theological Union and has a B.A in Education from the University of Maryland.  Father Jim has serviced the church as:

-a parish priest (Our Lady of the Scapular - 28th Street, Saint Simon Stock - Bronx, Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Middletown, Our Lady of the Assumption - Bloomingburg, St. Thomas Aquinas - Brooklyn and St. Stephen's - North Huntington)

-campus minister (Pope John Paul II High School - Boca Raton and George Washington University - Washington, DC)

-hermit (Mt. Carmel - Bolivar)

-retreat director and

-seminary instructor in Christian Spirituality ( Byzantine Catholic Seminary - Pittsburgh).

In the St. Elias Province, he served on the Provincial Council for six years, under Sean Cardinal O'Malley, he serviced as Episcopal Vicar for Youth in the Diocese of Palm Beach, he has tri-ritual faculties to celebrate the Roman, Byzantine and Maronite Liturgies. He also is a VIRTUS facilitator.

In June 2016, Father James was transferred to St. Albert's Priory Carmelite Community in Middletown, New York. He assisted at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. John's in Goshen, as well as, doing retreat work throughout the United States.

On May 1, 2018, the Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY welcomed Father Jim, as their new Chaplain.