Carmelite Events

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

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

Frontlines: Carmelite Sisters

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


 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

Carmel: Prayer, Community, Ministry

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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!

Report of Possible Miracle Attributed to Mother Angeline Teresa

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Comments (1) | Permalink
 foundress.jpg The Diocese of Metuchen has formally completed its investigation of a possible miracle attributed to the Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, Mother Angeline Teresa McCrory.Last September 21, 2009, Metuchen Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski presided over a 20-minute ceremony marking the completion of the process of investigation. The ceremony was held in the chapel of St. John Neumann Pastoral Center located in Piscataway, NJ. It was well attended by the Carmelite Sisters and Mother Angeline Teresa’s family.The inquiry took four months to conduct in which facts and testimony were gathered from those who prayed for the intercession of Mother Angeline and the original physicians who cared for the child. Due to rules of confidentiality the identity of the child could not be released, but the family lived in close proximity to the Metuchen Diocese, according to Lori Albanese, Diocesan Chancellor and Notary of the investigation. The possible miracle involves a family who had prayed to Mother Angeline Teresa to intercede with God after their unborn child was diagnosed with a genetic abnormality. When the baby was born, the defect was not present in the degree that it had been expected. The closing ceremony was covered and reported by several newspapers including The Catholic Spirit, My Central Jersey, CathNews USA (a Service of Paulist Press), and Catholic News Agency. It was also interesting to find mention of this event among bloggers as far as Hawaii! Dr. Andrea Ambrosi is the Postulator of Mother's Cause in Rome and returned there with the sealed documents to present to the Congregation of Causes of Saints for their review. Those who believe their prayers were answered through Mother Angeline Teresa’s intercession are encouraged to contact the Carmelite Sisters.