Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption, O.Carm.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption, O.Carm. passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2018 in the 68th year of her religious life.

Gloria Louise Besozzi was born on April 3, 1928 in Wainwright, OH to Serafino and Mary Assunta (Lupi) Besozzi. Entering the Congregation on August 14, 1950, Sister Serafino made her first profession on April 15, 1952, and professed final vows on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1957.  Her missions included Mary Manning Walsh Home (1962-1970), St. Rita’s Home (1970-1979), St. Margaret Hall (1979-1985), Garvey Manor (1985-1990), St. Patrick’s Home (1990-1997), and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1997-2014).  On August 26, 2014 she returned to her “Home-State” of Ohio and was admitted as a resident to Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, where she would be in close proximity to her family.  Sister Serafino received excellent care from the staff of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and was lovingly looked after by our Sisters.

In her ministry to the aged and infirm, Sister Serafino was appointed the Superior and/or the Administrator of the majority of the Homes where she was assigned, and did her best to perform the duties that were asked of her.  A talented musician who loved to sing, Sister Serafino played the organ and piano beautifully, directed the Community Choir, and taught the Sisters many hymns and songs. She also had a competitive streak that was obvious to anyone with whom she played cards!

As she enters the courts of heaven, may Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption be surrounded by the choirs of archangels, angels, cherubim and seraphim as she joins her voice to theirs in singing Gloria in Excelsis Deo!



Friday, April 13, 20184:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

5199 Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43213


Saturday, April 14, 201810:00 a.m.

 St. Joseph’s Chapel

Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

Columbus, OH 43213



Saturday, April 14, 2018  

 Calvary Cemetery (Family Plot)

Delaware Drive SE 

New Philadelphia, OH 44663 


Easter Liturgical Celebrations

Sunday, April 01, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters wish to extend their Easter wishes and blessings to all of their friends and families! May the joy, awe and hope of the Easter Season permeate all of your days!  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. and Saint Elias Province pre-Novices

Homegrown Stories: Garvey Manor Award at Leading Age

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

By Holly Keller

Director of Development, Garvey Manor & Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence Center

We were honored Monday evening to attend the Great Minds Gala in Washington DC, where our very own Sandy Shocker was awarded the National Exceptional Friend award from LeadingAge. Sandy embodies the mission and values of Garvey Manor through her selfless acts of kindness for the residents. Sandy’s mother was a resident at Garvey Manor and has since passed away, however, she continues to visit Garvey Manor on an almost weekly basis. Sandy comes in on her own time to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special resident moments. Known among residents for the special touches, like festive napkins and table decorations, that she brings to celebrations — not to mention her festive garb and sparkly shoes — Sandy makes a difference in the quality of life of the residents. Sandy has taught us that you don’t need to move mountains to make a difference for our elders, you just need to show love for one another.

2018 Award Winners

Excellence in Dementia Care Program Award – St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.

Exceptional Friend or Family Caregiver Award – Sandy Schocker, Garvey Manor Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence

The Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award – Marcia Gay Harden

The Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award – Madison Cowan


Homegrown Stories: Called to Serve

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.


By Carlos Briceño
March 2018 View more Humanitarian

It should not come as a big surprise that St. Patrick’s Residence, a nursing and rehabilitation facility for the elderly in Naperville, holds a party on St. Patrick’s Day every year. Labeled as “Come to Mom’s House,” with the color green on vivid display everywhere, the party offers lively entertainment, usually including Irish musicians, Irish and Scottish dancers, children’s games, face painting, food and raffle drawings. To top it off, St. Patrick himself even makes an appearance. READ FULL ARTICLE

Check out Saint Patrick's Residence website.




Texas Ministers of Care Training Program

Monday, March 12, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word graciously welcomed Sr. Peter, Sr. Michelle and Mother Mark to Villa de Matel while they were training potential Mother Angeline Ministers in Houston, Texas.The Sisters co-sponsor the Christus Health System of more than 600 centers in the US and internationally. They certainly went out of their way to make the Sisters feel at home on their lovely campus.

Training sessions for the Mother Angeline Ministries was held across town at St. Dominic Village, Houston's only Catholic retirement community. It too had a beautiful campus which encompasses a residence for retired priests, independent living facility, assisted living facility, and skilled nursing facility. They also have Angel House which provides temporary home for patients or family members receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center across the street.

Photos show training session in Houston, Texas for parishioners in the Houston/Galveston Archdiocese.

Homegrown Stories: Saint Teresa's Motherhouse

Friday, February 23, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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

On February 23, 2018,Very Rev. Mario Esposito offered Mass in Mother Angeline's chapel, which was recently refurbished.  After over thirty years, the walltex had begun to split, the ceiling paint was peeling, and there were uneven areas on one of the walls. This situation was hardly a challenge for Bill Clark and the Maintenance staff, who, in no time, added new sheet rock to the walls, scraped and painted the whole area and replaced the non -functioning air conditioner.  While the furnishings were removed, decision was made to change the orientation of the altar and add chairs instead of the pews previously in use (the pews will eventually be placed along the walls in the Heritage Center reflection room).  A new picture of Flos Carmeli and a credence table were added to Mother's chapel.  Her picture and the rest of the religious artifacts were rehung.  Sisters were invited to make a visit to the renovated chapel, and certainly visitors to Avila in the future are invited to do the same.


Homegrown Stories From Home: St. Patrick's Residence

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Songs to Remember from Naperville News 17 on Vimeo.

Story Contribution by Sr. Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.

A special Couple's Luncheon on St. Valentine's Day was held at Saint Patrick's Residence by the facility's Life Enrichment Team for its senior residents.  Saint Patrick's Residence is one of the many facilities sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.


R.I P Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm. passed away at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA on January 7, 2018 in the sixty-sixth year of her religious life.

Rosemary Heaton was born on December 20, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Sarah Agnes (Sutkevich) and Trueman John Heaton.  She entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, received the habit on April 30, 1953 taking the name Sr. M. Francis Patricia, and later returning to her baptismal name.  She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and perpetual vows on December 8, 1958.

Among her many missions, Sr. Rosemary spent several years in West Palm Beach, Florida: Lourdes Residence (1962-1967 and 1973-1975) and The Pennsylvania (1980-1989).  She then served at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1989-1994) and Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1994-1995) before being assigned to her final mission at St. Patrick’s Manor in 1995.  In her later years, Sr. Rosemary was a resident of the nursing home but, as late as last week, continued to spend her afternoons helping in Medical Records.  She was a great community person and an ambassador of good will around the Manor.  She also enjoyed making cards on her computer and now and then taking The Ride to Walmart, Staples and her other favorite stores, topped off by an Italian sub at Subway.  Sr. Rosemary had great devotion to the Infant of Prague, and despite her failing condition was faithful to daily Mass and Days of Recollection with the Sisters.

As the Lord manifested Himself to the Wise Men at the Epiphany, may Sr. Rosemary know the fullness of joy as she meets Him face to face.


Wednesday, January 10, 20182:00 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


Thursday, January 11, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA


Thursday, January 11, 2018St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA


Garvey Manor News Article

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution:  Sr. Joachim Anne, O.Carm. (Garvey Manor Administrator)

On December 12, 2017, Garvey Manor  was featured as the Non-profit focus by the Blair Chamber of Commerce in an article in the Altoona Mirror.

Please see attachment below. 

Garvey Manor Press Garvey Manor Press (174 KB)


Closing of Diocesan Inquiry on Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Blessed Titus Brandsma


Source: Carmelite Website

On December 12th 2017, at 2.00 pm in the Cathedral of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Palm Beach (Florida, United States), the Most Reverend Gerard Barbarito, Archbishop of Palm Beach presided over the closing session of the diocesan inquiry on the purported miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsma.


Born in the Frisian city of Bolsward, Holland, in 1881, Bl. Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelites while still young and was ordained priest in 1905. He undertook further studies in Rome and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy at the Gregorian Pontifical University.

Returning to Holland, he taught in a number of schools before taking up a post as Professor of Philosophy and the History of Mysticism at the Catholic University of Nijmegen where he was later appointed Rector Magnificus. A noted writer and journalist, in 1935, he was appointed adviser to the bishops, for Catholic journalists. He was noted for being ready to receive anyone in difficulty and to help in whatever way he could. In the period leading up to and during the Nazi occupation in Holland, he argued passionately against the National Socialist ideology, basing his stand on the Gospels, and he defended the right to freedom in education and for the Catholic Press. As a result, he was imprisoned. So began his Calvary, involving great personal suffering and degradation whilst, at the same time, he himself brought solace and comfort to the other internees and begged God's blessing on his jailers. In the midst of such inhuman suffering, he possessed the precious ability to bring an awareness of goodness, love and peace. He passed from one prison or camp to another until he arrived in Dachau where he was killed on 26th July 1942. He was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II on 3rd November 1985.