Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sister M. Agatha Immaculate, O.Carm.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | Comments (6) | Permalink
 


Sister M. Agatha Immaculate Caruso, O.Carm. slipped away very peacefully into eternal life at Mary Manning Walsh Home in the early morning hours of April 25, 2016.  Sr. Agatha was in the 78th year of religious life. 

Ann Theresa Caruso was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1918 to John and Grace (nee Russo) Caruso, immigrants from Italy.  The Congregation was only 9 years old when Sr. Agatha entered on March 16, 1938.  She professed first vows on September 8, 1939 and made her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1943. A true New Yorker and Daughter of Mother Angeline, Sr. Agatha was at St. Patrick’s Home in the Bronx during the early years, which was followed by a few other Missions before she was assigned to the “Old” Walsh Home on 59th Street (1960) and later on York Avenue.  Regardless of the site, Sr. Agatha filled many roles, which today would be described as Concierge, Gracious Hostess, Guide, Escort, Sacristan, Pastoral Care Worker, Gift Shop Operator, but most of all a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. She served with many Sisters but mainly worked with Mother Angeline, Mother Bernadette, and Mother Aloysius.  She attended the Grace Institute to augment her culinary skills, and many of the Sisters benefited from this!   Her generosity extended to many a child and, of course, to the Sisters – who didn’t leave the Gift Shop without a Werther’s butterscotch or Hershey bar. 

Her spirit of hospitality and service continued as she grew frailer – always a smile, a prayer, and of course, a song.  After spending a year at St. Patrick’s Manor (2009-2010) where she received loving care – she returned to Mary Manning, this time as a Resident, and knew she was home when she saw the skyscrapers in Manhattan.  Over the past few months she has been getting ready for her new Home, Heaven….still a smile, a prayer, and a song.  She was truly at peace and shared that peace with others.  Although we will miss her, she is Home with the Lord, rejoicing in her reward!

 

Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Hearing

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

    by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

                 
The morning of March 23rd dawned warm and sunny.  Unlike the Hudson valley, flowering trees  were starting to blossom in Washington, D.C..  It was perfect weather for a rally, and one had been planned months in advance for the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court case.

At the invitation of CMSWR, Sisters from California, Nebraska, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and other areas converged at the Little Sisters home on Tuesday, March 22 for an evening supper and briefing by the Becket Fund staff.  They explained in detail the reasoning in the case. While the Federal Government granted an accommodation to religious organizations to have contraceptives and abortifacients paid for by the government and administered by the Sisters’ health plan under a separate section, this arrangement still remains ethically tied to the Little Sisters.  Their refusal to sign the accommodation subjects them to fines of 70 million dollars per year.  Curiously, large corporations such as Chevron, Exxon and Pepsi and grandfathered in and exempted.  In addition, the US Military and some large cities do not have to abide by the contraception mandate. So, one in three employer plans are already exempt.  The Becket Fund argues – why can’t religious organizations such as the Little Sisters be exempt as well.  Contraceptives could be provided by government health insurance exchanges and leave religious groups to follow their consciences.  That is an obvious win-win for all.

Sr. Mary Rose, Sr. Cyril, Sr. Jean Davis and I attended the rally, representing the Carmelite Sisters in the spirit of Mother Angeline, who would want us to support her beloved Little Sisters.  We had a lovely ride down on Amtrak, and were welcomed overnight at the Paulist Center.  Buses brought us to the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, and we had placards and were in chant and song mode by 8:30 a.m. in front of the steps.  (We were not allowed on them.)  Planned Parenthood had a rally next to ours, but the two groups kept to themselves and were peaceful.  There were representatives from other religions with us, some of whom were part of the court case, and many college students as well. Our own Stacey Jackson was also in attendance.  About 10:30 we had a series of speakers talk briefly about the issues.  One was the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, who spoke passionately and read a Scripture passage.  At 11:30 the oral arguments were over, and Little Sisters leadership along with the Becket attorneys came out of the Court building and down the steps to be interviewed by the press. There was a surge of cheers and song greeting the Sisters, and they felt the love and support of all.  We then proceeded to a lunch sponsored by the Becket Fund at which we shared the table with the Provost of East Texas Baptist University, who gave us a school pin and a blessing to send us on our way.  We then moved quickly to Union Station for the ride home. Carrying one of the signs with us, we were given thumbs up by a number of people in the street and on the train. 

Our Sisters felt very blessed to be part of this event and were given hope by the warmth and support of so many people – especially the youth, some of whom were at the Court by 6:30 a.m.  Please pray that the Court finds in favor of the Little Sisters so they can continue their ministry in peace.  That is their great hope.

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R.I.P Sr. Joseph Angela, O.Carm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Sister Joseph Angela, O.Carm. passed peacefully into eternal life on March 14, 2016 in the 67th year of religious life.  Having been blessed with “the gift of years” Sr. Angela’s death – even at 98 years old - was unexpected.  The Sisters were called when her condition changed during the night of March 13th, and Sr. M. Michelle Anne, Sr. Maureen McDonough, Sr. M. Brigid DeLourdes, and Sr. Bernadette Marie were at her bedside when the Lord took Sr. Angela to Himself.

Carolyn Christopher was born to Italian immigrants, Carl and Angeline (Caccese) Christopher, in Hazelton, PA on May 19, 1918.   She entered the Congregation on August 22, 1949, professed first vows on March 27, 1951 and made her final profession on December 8, 1955.  Sr. Joseph Angela was stationed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Iowa, Detroit, and Pennsylvania.  Of her many assignments, the lengthiest ones were Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA (1972-1991), and Villa Teresa, Harrisburg, PA (1991-2006).  As time passed and her health failed, she transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor (2006) where she resided in the assisted living section of the Convent, and was later admitted to the nursing home.

Throughout her various Missions, Sister Angela ministered to the residents in Activities, Nursing, and Pastoral Care, although she is best remembered for the many years she spent as a Dietary Manager, where you could “eat off the floors in her kitchen.”  While at Garvey Manor Sr. Angela established the Third Order Lay Carmelites which continues to this day.  She was also very dedicated to her “home parish” is Hazelton, PA where she remained a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Many will also recall that she loved the Jersey Shore and fried oysters!

In recent years, Sr. Joseph Angela’s passion was to fundraise for contributions toward the construction of the Mother Angeline Heritage Center, and she personally gave what she could toward this endeavor.  No doubt Mother Angeline and all our deceased Sisters met Sr. M. Joseph Angela as she approached the shore of Heaven, and joyfully welcomed her with open arms!

WAKE:  

Sunday, March 20, 2016    

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel                                                     

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 10701-4892

 MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

 Monday, March 21, 2016            

 10:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

 St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:         

Monday, March 21, 2016 AT 2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery                                                

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse  

Germantown, NY 12526                                                                                                         

 

Reception of the Carmelite Novice

Sunday, February 14, 2016 | Comments (3) | Permalink

On February 14, 2016 at 9:30 am, on the First Sunday of Lent, the Carmelite Sisters received a new novice, Sr. Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy, O.Carm.  The Reception Ceremony was held in private at St. Teresa’s Chapel located at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Father Paul Denault, O.Carm. was the celebrant.  The Reception Ceremony is held after the Postulant completes her eight months of living the life of the Congregation.  She is then received into the Congregation as a Novice and given the Carmelite habit, her religious name and the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation.

We join Sr. Philomena Anne in this happy occasion and pray that her journey in Carmel will be blessed and bear abundant fruits for the glory of God!

 

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The Carmelite HabitOur Lady of Mount CarmelSr. Melissa at Prayer
The Reception Ceremony bookletFr. Paul Denault welcomes the Postulant
Fr. Paul blesses the new NoviceAvila Sisters congratulate Sr. Philomena Anne
Sr. Philomena Anne with Mother Mark, Fr. Paul and Council
Postulant Director Sr. Lois Ann with NoviceSr. Philomena Anne with some members of Formation teamSr. Lois Ann, Sr. Philomena Anne and Sr. Helena of Mary
Novices with their FormatorsSr. Pia Ignatius (senior novice) and Sr. Philomena AnneOur New Novice Sr. Philomena Anne
Sr. Philomena spent postulancy with Sr. Michelle MooreSr. Brigid and Sr. Michelle spent mission with Sr. PhilomenaSr. Philomena Anne with Sr. Helena of Mary (Novice Director)
Refectory Set-upReception Cake
Sr. Philomena Anne cuts her cake

Pope Closes the Year of Consecrated Life

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo courtesy: News.Va

Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive extracts of the Holy Father's extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica he will celebrate the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Human Sexuality Workshop

Monday, February 01, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sr. Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

A Religious Formation workshop entitled "Healthy Sexual Integration in Religious Life" was held at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC on January 29-30, 2016.  The presenters were Fr. Quinn Conners, O.Carm and Dr. Kathy Galleher.  Both presenters are psychologists who have worked at the St. Luke Institute (a psychological treatment center for men and women religious)  and have been co-presenting this workshop to various inter-community novitiates for more than 10 years.  This two day workshop focused on sexual integration in consecrated life for men and women preparing for religious life. It approached sexuality from a holistic psychological perspective and stressed the importance of self-awareness, self-acceptance, integration, and integrity for healthy life-giving celibacy. The workshop  included sections on  psychosexual integration, , human development, and healthy relationship skills and boundaries.  Practical skills for dealing with loneliness, desire, and attractions as well as for deepening relationships inside and outside community were presented.  The workshop had educational, self reflection, and discussion components.

Our novice Sr. Pia Ignatius along with her director, Sr. Helena of Mary, and Sr. Mary Vianney, O.Carm, participated with the Carmelite novices of the Saint Elias and Most Pure Heart of Mary Provinces.  There were also novices from the Congregation of the Marian Helpers, the Pallotines, along with their Formators.

On Sunday, January 31st, we attended Mass and toured  the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It was an opportunity we could not miss and were thankful for!

 

Mother Angeline Ministers of Care: Manhattan

Monday, February 01, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On a crisp but sunny January 30, our Sisters literally set sail on the Ferry from Staten Island to Our Lady of the  Rosary Church on the very tip of Manhattan, which is also the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton.  Module I training for Mother Angeline Ministers of Care was conducted in the hall below the small brick church, which is almost swallowed up by the high rise glass and concrete structures around it.    Before the sessions began, a visit was made to the Shrine, and one could not help reflect on the strength and courage of both Mother Seton and Mother Angeline, and how apropos the site was for training. The beautiful bronze statue of Mother Seton in the back of the church was designed by Sr. Margaret Beaudette SC, who also sculpted our statue of Mother Angeline. Attendees were from various parishes in lower Manhattan and were eager to learn and establish their own branch of the ministry.  They are being encouraged by their pastors, one of whom was present for the whole day.  Please keep this ministry is your prayers as we reach out to the homebound elderly, who are often isolated and cut off from the mainstream of parish life.

photos courtesy: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

  

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa 32nd Anniversary

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On January 21, 2016, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and the 32nd anniversary of her passing to eternal life.  The Eucharistic celebration was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The Most Reverend Brendan Comiskey, Bishop Emeritus of Ferns, Ireland, was the celebrant and homilist. There were five members of the clergy who also joined the celebration.  Also present were members of the McCrory family, invited guests of the Carmelite Sisters, Carmelite friars and their novices.  In conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by the Holy Father Pope Francis, the theme selected for the celebration was “Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Apostle of Mercy to the Aged.” Bishop Comiskey shared an encouraging insight in his homily on the centrality of mercy in the life of the Venerable. The  “secret” of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, according to the Bishop, was her having made the Word of God  the source and inspiration for her life, its vocation and mission. Furthermore, it is not enough to think of her exemplary life with grand admiration, but more importantly,  to contemplate the goodness of God who accomplished great things in her and through her! 

Photo courtesy: Sr. Fidelis Therese, O.Carm.

The Holy Door of Mercy
Bishop Emeritus Brendan Comiskey
First Reading by Sr. Mary Rose HeerySecond Reading by Sr. Barbara Maloy
Gospel Reading by Fr. DonlonHomily by Bishop Brendan Comiskey
Prayer of the Faithful by Sr. Leda
Carmelite Friars Novices with SistersGrace before Meals by Fr. Donlon
Welcome by Mother MarkCall for Toast by Fr. SweeneyThe Mother Angeline Society Display

R.I.P Sr. M. Dominica Anne Immaculate, O.Carm.

Friday, January 15, 2016 | Comments (4) | Permalink

 

Sr. M. Dominica Anne Immaculate, O.Carm.  passed into eternal life on the afternoon of January 14, 2016 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA., in the 44th year of religious life.  Her family and our Sisters were present and attentive throughout the final weeks of Sr. Dominica’s illness. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 8, 1950, Christina Marie Montuori entered the Congregation on September 15, 1972, professed first vows on April 7, 1975 and perpetual vows on April 14, 1980.  She was missioned at Teresian House, Albany, NY (1975-1978), St. Teresa’s Manor, Manchester, NH (1978-1985), Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, NY (1985-1993) where she was the Assistant to the Prioress, and Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1993-1995) where she was both the Assistant to the Prioress and the Bursar.  In September 1995, Sr. Dominica was assigned to St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA and appointed the Assistant Director of Carmel Terrace.  She faithfully carried out her assigned duties until her health would no longer allow it, at which time she continued to be of help in the Home and Convent in whatever way she was able. 

In order to provide her with the care she needed over the past several months, Sr. Dominica was a patient at either Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Kindred Hospital, or Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, all in Boston, MA.  Our Sisters and her family visited frequently, always remaining very much involved in Sister’s care, and providing prayerful support.

God bestowed abundant gifts of nature and grace upon Sr. Dominica Anne throughout her whole life. She was most generous in using her artistic creativity and musical talent in the service of the Community and the residents of our Homes.  God also bestowed upon her the grace and fortitude necessary to accept the heavy cross of illness which touched her life at an early age and remained throughout all her years.

May the Lord whom Sr. Dominica loved and served so well on earth, now receive her soul into the Kingdom of Heaven, where she will have perfect health and fullness of joy for all eternity.

 

WAKE:  

Monday, January 18, 2016   

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 Holy Family Chapel                                                              

 St. Patrick’s Manor                                                    

 863 Central Street

 Framingham, MA 01701

 Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

      

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016   

10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

 Framingham, MA 01701

        

BURIAL:         

Tuesday, January 19, 2016  

2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery                                         

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

 Germantown, New York 12526

Pope Francis Christmas Message

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The following is the Vatican's official English translation of Pope Francis' Christmas Eve Mass homily, which he delivered in Italian.

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"Tonight 'a great light' shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus' birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: 'You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing' (9:2)! Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled. Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave that to the skeptics who, by looking to reason alone, never find the truth. There is no room for the indifference which reigns in the hearts of those unable to love for fear of losing something. All sadness has been banished, for the Child Jesus brings true comfort to every heart.

Today, the Son of God is born, and everything changes. The Savior of the world comes to partake of our human nature; no longer are we alone and forsaken. The Virgin offers us her Son as the beginning of a new life. The true light has come to illumine our lives so often beset by the darkness of sin. Today we once more discover who we are! Tonight we have been shown the way to reach the journey's end. Now must we put away all fear and dread, for the light shows us the path to Bethlehem. We must not be laggards; we are not permitted to stand idle. We must set out to see our Savior lying in a manger. This is the reason for our joy and gladness: this Child has been 'born to us'; he was 'given to us', as Isaiah proclaims (cf. 9:5). The people who for two thousand years has traversed all the pathways of the world in order to allow every man and woman to share in this joy is now given the mission of making known 'the Prince of peace' and becoming his effective servant in the midst of the nations.

So when we hear tell of the birth of Christ, let us be silent and let the Child speak. Let us take his words to heart in rapt contemplation of his face. If we take him in our arms and let ourselves be embraced by him, he will bring us unending peace of heart. This Child teaches us what is truly essential in our lives. He was born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family. He found shelter and support in a stable and was laid in a manger for animals. And yet, from this nothingness, the light of God's glory shines forth. From now on, the way of authentic liberation and perennial redemption is open to every man and woman who is simple of heart. This Child, whose face radiates the goodness, mercy and love of God the Father, trains us, his disciples, as Saint Paul says, 'to reject godless ways' and the richness of the world, in order to live 'temperately, justly and devoutly' (Tit 2:12).

In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this Child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential. In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God's will. Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.

Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: 'Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation' (Ps 85:8)."