Carmelite Events

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!




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.


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.



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.



Tuesday, January 19, 2016   

10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

 Framingham, MA 01701



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.


"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)."


Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Year of Mercy was officially launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015 as the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Father opened this year-long celebration by opening the "holy door" of St. Peter's Basilica.  The event was reported by BBC News and you can read their news coverage HERE.

To honor this event, the Diocese of Albany, New York designated Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, home of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, to be a pilgrim shrine. The "Holy Door" was blessed by Fr. Gavin, OFM with the Carmelite Sisters present. 

The following are different listings of the designated "Holy Door" according to State locations:


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


The following is the Holy Father's Bull of Indiction for the Year of Mercy ("Misericordiae Vultus")

Bull of Indiction for Year of Mercy 2015-2016 Bull of Indiction for Year of Mercy 2015-2016 (158 KB)

R.I.P Sr. M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel Rogan

Thursday, December 03, 2015 | Comments (4) | Permalink


Sister M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel, O.Carm. went home to the Lord on the afternoon of December 2, 2015 in the 59th year of her religious life.  Sister Kathleen passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home with the Sisters at her bedside.

Born on December 18, 1918 in County Mayo, Ireland, Catherine Mary Rogan stayed on the family farm well into her 30’s, and following the death of her parents, William and Catherine (Muldoon), she journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.   Having entered the Congregation on February 22, 1956, Sr. Kathleen made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1962.  During the course of her religious life she had several assignments, her lengthiest being Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1957-1962), St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1969-1976), Carroll Manor, Hyattsville, MD (1980-1990), Madonna Residence, Brooklyn, NY (1990-1995), St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1995-2000), Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck, NY (2000-2007) and St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY (2007-2015).  It was at St. Patrick’s Home that Sr. Kathleen’s health failed steadily and it became necessary to admit her as a resident in order to provide for her needs.  Trained as a Registered Nurse, Sr. Kathleen held positions in the Nursing Department and Staff Development.  For a brief period she served as Postulant Director, and was appointed Superior in three of her Missions.  In later years, Sr. Kathleen provided pastoral care to the residents and continued to serve with dedication and faithfulness for as long as she was able. Her ready wit, twinkling eyes, and many stories about the farm endeared her to all those she came in contact with.

The Lord who gave Sr. M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel the gift of life almost 97 years ago has now taken His Kathleen home again……may her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.


Thursday, December 10, 2015                       2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         

St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home                                         Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

66 Van Cortland Park South

Bronx, NY 10463


Friday, December 11, 2015                            10:00 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home                                        

Bronx, NY 10463


Friday, December 11, 2015                            2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery                         

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse                            

Germantown, NY 12526




Celebrating Advent!

Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

"Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us. How often does God give us a glimpse of his love! To keep, as it were, an "interior journal" of this love would be a beautiful and salutary task for our life! Advent invites and stimulates us to contemplate the Lord present. Should not the certainty of his presence help us see the world with different eyes? Should it not help us to consider the whole of our life as a "visit", as a way in which he can come to us and become close to us in every situation?" -

Benedict XVI, Homily at First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009.