Carmelite Events

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.



Christian Concerts Blasts!

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Article Story / Photos/ Videos Contributed by Sister Christopher Jude, O.Carm.

Sister Deirdre and I attended a Chris Tomlin Concert ""Worship Night in America" on April 12, 2018 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.  The center was packed with everyone on their feet singing along with Chris Tomlin.  After the concert, we met a group of young ladies who told us they were "nuns" in their school play, "The Sound of Music." One young lady was so excited that her T-shirt- "Addicted to Jesus"- showed up in this picture.


You can feel the energy as you watch the Chris Tomlin performance on the videos below:



On April 23, 2018, Sisters Maria Agnes, Mary of Jesus and I had the opportunity to see Hillsong United perform LIVE in Boston, MA.  This Grammy Award Christian Praise and Worship group was inspirational and of course "loud"!  Everyone was up off their seats- hands raised- praising "Jesus our King."

On April 26, 2018, Sister Catherine and Sister Fidelis Therese were happy to join the audience at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center at a Christian music concert of Casting Crowns.


FALL Discernment Retreat 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


  Date:  OCTOBER 12-14, 2018  For Single Women Ages 18-40 



Daily Schedule Includes:
  • Holy Mass and Talks
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Evening and Night Prayer
  • Spiritual Direction (as available)
  • Time for Reflection, Prayer and Relaxation
Accommodations Include:
  • Chapel
  • Private Rooms
  • Lounge and Library
  • Spacious grounds overlooking the Hudson River for leisure walking and reflection.

Time of Arrival: Friday, OCTOBER 12 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, OCTOBER 12 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, OCTOBER 14, after lunch 

Cost: $50.00 per person - Financial Assistance available upon request

Checks Payable to:  Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

RETURN TO:  Sr. Mary O"Donovan, O.Carm, St. Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526   Email:  

Tel No:  (convent) 518-537-5000  (Cell) 845-768-2303  Fax: 518-537-4725


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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.