Carmelite Events

Sister Philomena Anne Renews Vows

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

We had a beautiful Mass for Sr. Philomena Anne's renewal of vows on June 8, 2019. Msgr. Robert Saly, Garvey Manor's chaplain and Sr. Jacinta Mary, O.Carm., local Prioress, officially received Sister's vows.  We had a wonderful congregation of people. Sister’s father, Robert Schill, was present for the Mass and did the first reading.  Sister Philomena and her dad carried up the offertory gifts. It was an honor for us all to be at the Mass and to celebrate this wonderful event!

Sr. Philomena's father Joe Schill

2019 Religious Jubilees

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photos Courtesy: Sister Christopher Jude, O.Carm. / Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

On June 1, 2019, Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse at Avila-on-Hudson celebrated with our Carmelite Sisters who commemorated their respective 80, 75, 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. Friends, family members and Sisters who were able to travel joined to thank God for the many graces He has bestowed on these special women!

Father Joseph Fonti, S.T.L, along with Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. John Horan, O.Carm., Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm., and Rev. Senan Taylor, O.F.M, Cap.,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. Our Jubilarians thank friends, families, and their Sisters in Carmel,  for joining them in thanking God and Community for this very special event. It was a graced moment for all present in very many ways.

After the Eucharistic liturgy, everyone proceeded to Carmel Hall for the reception.

80th Jubilee - 1939

Sister M. Edwin Thomas Debany, O.Carm.  

75th Jubilee - 1944

Sister M. Therese of the Child Jesus Foley, O.Carm.

Sister M. Rose of the Sacred Heart Spencer, O.Carm.

70th Jubilee- 1949

Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.

Sister M. Joseph Augustine Thornley, O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1959

Sister M. Madeline Angeline Fasano, O.Carm.

Sister M. Eulaliae Angeline George, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1969

Sister Maureen Elizabeth Doonan, O.Carm.

Sister M. Sean Damien Flynn, O.Carm.

Sister M. Jeanne Francis Haley, O.Carm.

Sister M. Catherine Leighton, O.Carm.

Sister M. Brendan Sean Phillips, O.Carm.

Sister M. Charlotte Michael Smolik, O.Carm.


Preparing for Socials2019 Jubilarians
Preparing for SocialsPreparing for Socials
50th Jubilarians
60th Jubilarians
70th Jubilarian75th Jubilarian
SocialsSocials80th Jubilarian
SocialsSocialsCommunity Choir members
Community Choir membersCommunity Choir members
Entrance Procession
Sr. Madeline Angeline First ReaderSr. Eulaliae Angeline Second ReaderCelebrant Fr. Joe Fonti
Sr. Joseph Augustine 70th Jubilarian60th Jubilarians50th Jubilarians
Sr. Maureen Elizabeth Prayer of the FaithfulOffertory procession
Mother Mark at the OrganInvited Clergy and Council
80th and 75th JubilariansSr. Madeline Angeline's Guests
Mother Mark Welcomes Jubilarians and GuestsSr. Edwin Thomas' Family

IN THE NEWS: Garvey Manor

Monday, May 20, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo : Altoona Mirror

Staff Writer: Patt Keith

Mirror photo by Patt Keith Registered Nurse Jamie Pendersen checks 92-year-old Garvey Manor resident Richard Gildea’s breathing.


HOLLIDAYSBURG — Residents at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies receive care from an educationally diverse mix of nurses, said registered nurse Becky Wilson, director of nursing.

The facility employs 90 certified nursing assistants, 35 licensed practical nurses and 20 registered nurses, she said, noting that 132 residents of the skilled nursing area and the 36 residents of a secure dementia unit need the most care and residents in 54-personal care apartments the least.

Wilson, of Altoona, has made a 19-year career at Garvey where she started as a CNA, became a registered nurse and held various positions before landing the lead position.

“I never expected to stay here my whole career, but I have,” Wilson said. “I know and love the residents. They put a smile on my face.”



A Special Mass and Concert for Mother Angeline McCrory

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by David McCrory


You are invited to join the McCrory Family in Rome!

A special Mass and Concert in honor of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory,O. Carm

"If you have to fail, let it be on the side of kindness. Be kinder than kindness itself to the elderly."

Date: May 26, 2019, Mass at 12:15 pm

Sacred Early Music Concert and a new song written for Mother Angeline at 3 pm

Santa Maria in Traspontina

Via della Conciliazione, 14c, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.

“Mother Angeline McCrory”

In Tyrone’s fine county, a land of great bounty, I first set my eyes on Mother Angeline.
As she prayed to her savior, there was no one braver, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
She left home for France, where she jumped at the chance,
To help the poor folk and old folk, with all of their needs. She joined in the Order, Little Sisters of the Po’or.
With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
Then she crossed the great ocean, with heartfelt emotion, to bring her sweet healing, to the aged and infirm.
Through the Sisters she led, her legacy spread, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
When kind Angeline died, the world stopped and cried, And the Pope in fair Rome said we honor her life.
First Beatification, then canonization, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.

Contact David McCrory at for more information.

Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy (124 KB)


Month of May Crowning at Saint Patrick's Home

Monday, May 13, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Home

Saint Patrick's Home honored Our Lady during our May Crowning held at our facility.  The Eucharistic celebration included our residents' choir, students from the Avila Institute of Gerontology Spiritual Care Program who participated in the readings and distribution of Communion and some of the children from the local community. One of the girls crowned Mary. Refreshments were provided from our Café after Mass.



Emmy Nominated Palliative Care Video

Friday, May 10, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by  Stacey Sumereau

Photo Credit: Google

"The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm recently formalized a groundbreaking palliative care program that raises new standards for palliative and end-of-life care in the United States.  Kaplan Multimedia, Inc. teamed up with the Carmelite Sisters to produce a thirteen-minute film capturing the hallmarks of the program titled The Difference Is Love. The film's excellence was recognized with a nomination for a 2017 Suncoast Emmy Award under the category "Societal Concerns."

Palliative Care, often confused with hospice care, is specialized pain relief that can be administered to anyone with a serious illness, even if he or she has no life-limiting prognosis.  The Carmelite Sisters' philosophy that life is precious until the end, stands in stark contrast to the movement of promoting physician-assisted suicide throughout our country. Not only does The Difference Is Love highlight the Carmelite Sisters' unique approach, but it also tells the stories of those whose lives have been made better by the program.  The message is a hopeful one, that holistic, loving care and a natural death are a better alternative to an earlier death from a belief that life as an elder is meaningless.  " It was affirming to know that the National Academy of Arts and Sciences recognized the importance of Palliative Care and its significance to our elders and those who are facing debilitating illnesses," said Sr. Peter Lillian, O.Carm., Director of Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG), the Carmelite Sisters' Educational arm.

Joe Kaplan, director of photography, and Linda Corley, writer and producer, each bring over thirty years of experience in the film industry and a combined twenty-one Emmy nominations and fifteen awards to their work. "It's one of my most meaningful nominations because the subject matter has significant impact on society. It's gratifying to be in a field where your information helps direct, inform, and enlighten," said Linda Corley. Stacey Sumereau served as Associate Producer, and John Sumereau served as Production Assistant."


To learn more about the work of the Avila Institute of Gerontology and Palliative Care, visit the AIG's website at  


You can also visit Stacey Sumereau's website and podcast on this link: 



Avila Employees Recognition Day 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On May 8, 2019, Saint Teresa's Motherhouse held a special luncheon to recognize employees who have rendered the Avila Community dedicated service of five, ten and thirty five years in their various areas of expertise.  Pictured below were those who received from Mother Mark, Prioress General,  their  Recognition Plaque and token of appreciation.  Sister Francis Patrick, local Prioress, opened the gathering with a prayer and welcome address.

Regine Lambrech - 5 Years (Congregational Archivist)

Mary Ann Iaccino- 5 years (The Mother Angeline Society Secretary)

Patrick Orendack- 10 years (Maintenance Crew)

Bill Clark- 35 years (Director of Maintenance)

Those who were recognized but unable to attend the event were Trish Gathers (5 years, Carmelite System Chief Operating Officer), Marlaina Cataldi (5 years, Carmelite System) and Erin Pietrak (10 years, The Avila Institute of Gerontology).

We wish to thank all of our dedicated employees who collaborate with the Sisters to make alive our core values of Compassion, Hospitality, Shared Commitment and Sanctity of Life in our ministry to the elderly during these challenging times.  God bless you all!


Congregational Archivist Regine Lambrech for 5 yearsThe Mother Angeline Society Secretary Mary Ann Iaccino for 5 years
Maintenance Crew Patrick Orendack for 10 yearsDirector of Maintenance Bill Clark for 35 years


Mother Angeline Ministers of Care

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On April 6, 2019 the first training session for potential Mother Angeline Ministers of Care was held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas. This beautiful retreat house is sponsored by the diocese, and a weekend retreat for engaged couples and a Hispanic spiritual program were held at the same time as our training sessions. Entering the front door of the retreat house brings one past lifelike sculptures depicting the wedding at Cana. There are also very devotional outdoor stations of the Cross, and walking trails around a small lake. Across from the Center is a continuing care retirement center also sponsored by the diocese. The lively faith of the people of Wichita is evident, and the sixty plus participants in the MAMC training were attentive and enthusiastic about serving the needs of the elderly. A quick ride downtown after the workshop brought us to the beautiful Native American statue named “Keeper of the Plains” and we even saw a rainbow after a brief shower. (No Judy Garland was not singing, and Toto was not running around).

Since more people signed up than could fit into the conference room, we will be returning to Wichita next March to repeat the workshop and hopefully provide a workshop for potential parish coordinators.


Story Contribution: Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm. 


On April 9-12, 2019, Sr. Helena of Mary and Sr. Lois Ann attended the Formators' Workshop sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA.



News Story: Carmelite Sister Finds Joy in Ministry

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Eileen Connely, The Catholic Telegraph


Sister Teresa Kathleen Dominick, O.Carm.

It was as a child that Sister M. Teresa Kathleen Dominick first became acquainted with the compassionate and skilled ministry of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The community, founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, ministers to the elderly in the person of Christ, while always returning to the spiritual mount of prayer and contemplation.

“I met our sisters at our home in Chicago when I was in the sixth grade,” Sister Kathleen recalled. “They were very down to earth, happy in what they were doing, and clearly loved caring for the residents.”

Sister Kathleen said she “fell in love with caring for the elderly,” too, and has been a Carmelite for 57 years.

The sisters minister in long-term healthcare, assisted living and independent living facilities located primarily in the United States, with one home in Ireland. In the archdiocese, they operate St. Margaret Hall, where Sister Kathleen serves as a resident representative and family advocate, along with being involved in pastoral ministry. Her role, she explained, is to welcome new residents, visiting daily for the first two weeks to ensure they feel comfortable and are adjusting to the change in environment. Sister Kathleen also spends time with residents’ relatives, answering questions and offering reassurance.

“They are turning the care of their family members over to us, many after caring for them for a long time,” she said. “Once they learn we can do the same thing they did at home, they can relax, spend time with their family members, and love them. We provide the physical care, and they can be the emotional support.”

“I tell people that the elderly give so much more to us than we give to them,” Sister Kathleen said. “They share their love, their wisdom, their appreciation for our care. They don’t ask a lot, just to be recognized as a person and to know that someone cares about them. That’s the best gift we can give to any of our residents.”




R.I.P Sister M. Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor, MA on March 6, 2019 in the 73 rd year of her religious life. 

Carolyn Therese Keane was born on February 27, 1927 in Manchester, NH to Timothy and Catherine (nee Sears) Keane.  Having lived 33 years as a Sister of Mercy, after a canonical transfer process , the then Sr. M. Cornelius Timothy was received into Carmel on January 5, 1980.  She professed final vows as a Carmelite Sister on January 4, 1981, and later returned to her baptismal name.

Sr. Carolyn’s missions included Mary Manning Walsh Home, Carmel Manor, and Ferncliff Nursing Home for brief periods of time.  At St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY, she was appointed Assistant Novice Director and Temporary Vow Director (1985-1989) and went on to serve at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, NH (1990-1997), St. Raphael’s Home, OH (1997-2005), and Marian Manor, MA (1981-1985 and 2005-2016).  In 2016,  Sr. Carolyn was transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor, MA due to failing health  and was eventually admitted as a resident.

Always very generous in the apostolate, Sr. Carolyn ministered as unit coordinator and resident advocate, in medical records and computer data entry, assisting in Chapel and distributed Holy Communion.  In addition, God blessed Sr. Carolyn with a beautiful voice and she would often raise it in song for the Sisters and the residents.

Sr. Carolyn Therese went Home to the Lord on Ash Wednesday, the day that begins our Lenten journey toward Easter.  Her journey of 92 years has ended and she now celebrates her very own Easter – and rejoices to see the Risen Lord face-to-face!


Tuesday, March 12, 20192:00 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 01701


 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor


Wednesday, March 13, 201912:45 p.m. (approximately)

 St. Joseph New Cemetery

448 Donald Street 

Bedford, NH03110