Carmelite Events

Welcome Sisters!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Our Sisters in Temporary Vows with their Director invited the Novitiate and Sr. Mary O'Donovan (Vocation Director) for a great dinner-out and some fun. Twice a year the Temporary Vow Sisters return to the Motherhouse from their respective Mission Houses for a week of prayer, community and conferences. Seated from front left: Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Maureen Paul, Sr. Hope Therese, Sr. Philomena Anne (novice). Seated from front right: Sr. Catherine Angeline, Sr. Mary (vocation director), Sr. Lois Ann (director of temporary vows), Sr. Luke Mary and Sr. Mary Josephine. Not pictured: Sr. Helena of Mary (novice director).

Renewal Program 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On September 6 - October 1, the Annual Renewal Program for the  Carmelite Sisters will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The program runs for a month with Retreat being held at the last week of the program.  During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Session I opens with reflections on "The Wideness of God's Mercy: Year of Mercy and Saint Faustina" given to us by Sister Caterina Esselen, O.L.M .  Sister Caterina is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Sister Faustina belonged.  Sister has been proclaiming the message of Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes, schools and prisons.  On the second week of the program (Session II), Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. will speak on the topic of "Daughter of Carmel- Carmelite Spirituality in the Life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa."  Father Mario is the current Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and was recently appointed General Postulator for the Order of Carmelites effective 2017.  Reverend Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm . closes the program with his two-day talk on "The Carmelite Mystics ." Father Leo was a member of the Historical Commission for the Process of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause from 2004-2005.  For over 30 years, he has taught Carmelite history to the Novitiate in Middletown, NY.  During Session III, Sister Kelly Connors, P.M, JCD will be our speaker.  The title of her conferences is "Companions on the Journey- Tools for Successful Community Living."  Sister Kelly is a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, United States Province.  She serves as canonical consultant to various dioceses and religious institutes and speaks nationally and internationally on Canon Law and Religious Life.

The Renewal Program will close with a week-long Retreat preached by Reverend Peter DiMaria on October 1, Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.



  Relic of Saint Faustina.

  Sister M. Caterina Esselen, O.L.M

  Participants of the 2016 Carmelite Renewal Program with the Temporary Vow Sisters

87th Year Anniversary of Foundation

Saturday, September 03, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa (center) and her Six Companions

In 1929, Mother Mary Angeline Teresa pioneered a different approach to the care of the elderly and infirm. In addition to fulfilling physical and spiritual needs, she stressed the importance of a home-like atmosphere that encouraged residents to maintain their personal sense of dignity and independence. To that end Mother Angeline founded a new religious community - the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. With six other Sisters she set about making her vision a reality. From this relatively new beginning the work of the Congregation flourished and the Community was invited to work in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and as far west as Iowa. We currently serve in 20 facilities in the United States and Ireland. Mother Angeline Teresa’s philosophy of care is the keystone of the Carmelite commitment. The Sisters labor to make each Carmelite Home a genuine haven of love and Christian joy, serving each guest as if ministering to Our Lord Himself. Through their lives of prayer and in concert with the dedicated men and women who share their commitment to serve the elderly, the Carmelite Sisters share the Gospel message with the people of God and bring His love and healing to the Aged entrusted to their care. We are grateful to God for the continued grace of being able to minister to our beloved residents.  In these times of vocational and healthcare challenges, we continue to hope and pray, that the work began 87 years ago will continue to bear fruit and flourish for the greater glory of God and His Church!


"Foundation Tree" displayed in the Sisters Dining Room to celebrate the day.


Cassandra Tritto is the artist of the "Foundation Tree" and current employee of St. Teresa's Motherhouse.  Great job, Cassandra!


Foundation Day Photo Board display outside the Sisters Chapel at St. Teresa's Motherhouse


Rosary Rally 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


The Rosary Rally will go as planned, RAIN OR SHINE, as scheduled above.  In the event of rain, the Rosary Procession and Crowning of Mary will be held in our Chapel, followed by Mass.

Saint Luke Productions Presents: St. Maximilian Kolbe

Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm will host a one-man stage presentation of the life and death of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The event is courtesy of Saint Luke Productions and performed by Leonardo Defilippis.  The details are available on the flyer below.

Check your calendar and come join us!

Maximilian Kolbe Presentation Maximilian Kolbe Presentation (918 KB)


R.I.P Sister Maria Therese Valente, O.Carm.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister Maria Therese of Carmel, O.Carm. passed peacefully to the Lord on the afternoon of Thursday, August 18, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Residence, in the 66th year of her religious life. Having had a mastectomy on July 15th, Sr. Therese experienced complications which resulted in a steady decline of her medical condition. She returned to St. Patrick’s on August 15th to receive hospice care. The local Community had prayed the Liturgy of the Hours with Sr. Therese in the morning, and when she took her last breath she was lovingly surrounded by our Sisters and Msgr. John Dalton.

Born Mary Valente on June 24, 1930, Sr. Maria Therese of Carmel entered the Congregation on February 2, 1950, was professed on December 10, 1951, and made perpetual profession on December 8, 1955. Her missions included Sacred Heart Home (Chicago, IL), Carmel Manor (Fort Thomas, KY), Kahl Home (Davenport, IA), Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Ozanam Hall, (Bayside, NY), and St. Patrick’s Residence (Joliet and Naperville, IL)

Sr. Maria Therese was assigned to St. Patrick’s Residence (Joliet) on April 18, 1988 and assisted with the move to Naperville the following year. She always “worked the clinics” and had the role of First Assistant and Bursar until 2013. In recent years Sr. Therese used an electric scooter to get around the Home, and this led to her nickname “Hot Rod”, which was fondly bestowed upon her by the staff. She had a fondness for Rice Krispies which she always ate for breakfast, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was devoted to both her Carmelite family and her natural family. Diligent and conscientious in her duties, Sr. Therese always put everyone else’s needs before her own.

A loving and generous daughter of Mother Angeline Teresa, may Sr. Maria Therese of Carmel now enter the presence of the Lord whom she so faithfully served for more than six decades. We rejoice in knowing that she has moved on to a place even more wonderful than her beloved “Planet Naperville”,
and where she now experiences the glorious presence of the Lord whom she served so faithfully, and His Blessed Mother whom she so longed to see.


Sunday, August 21, 20162:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

1400 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563


Monday, August 22, 201610:00 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

Naperville, IL 60563


Monday, August 22, 2016  

Burial will follow the Mass

 Resurrection Cemetery  

Romeoville, IL 



Avila Institute of Gerontology: US Training Program

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 Originally published on  Shared with permission


A group of women religious from China may turn out to be innovators of a very particular kind — and that has everything to do with China's changing demographics.

Six Chinese sisters from five different congregations recently completed a 120-hour Geriatric Spiritual Care certificate program through the Avila Institute of Gerontology, the educational arm of the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm. The Avila Institute compressed a four-month program into four weeks, said Fr. Timothy Kilkelly, the coordinator of the Maryknoll China Education Project. "People can't come for four months, so compressing the program was a great service to us." READ FULL ARTICLE

Message from Prior General on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Thursday, July 07, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


 Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., Prior General of Carmelite Order

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Carmel,

As we do every year, we get ready to celebrate the feasts in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Mother and Sister as we like to call her among Carmelites, following the ancient tradition that comes down to us from the Middle Ages. First of all, I want to offer you my best wishes for the feast. May all the activities, celebrations, devotions and all that we are accustomed to do throughout these days by way of honouring the Blessed Virgin, be a sign of something very deep inside, and of a real desire to be close to Mary the Mother of Jesus, (Acts 1:14)  so that she, the first disciple and follower of the Lord, may be an inspiration to us on our journey. In view of that, each day we will offer, as we do every year through our website, an outline for a novena that is the work of a number of biblical scholars.  Here we have a number of reflections that are both simple and profound, that may be of some assistance to people in achieving a greater spiritual intensity at this time.  READ FULL TEXT HERE

NEWS : WIN for Little Sisters of the Poor

Monday, May 16, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


 Photo Courtesy:  The Becket Fund Website

The following statement was taken from The Becket Fund Website:

"Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Supreme Court vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the government’s admission that it could meet its goals of providing the free services to women without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan. The Court also ordered the lower Courts to help the government choose an alternative method of providing the services that does not require the participation of the Little Sisters."  FULL ARTICLE

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!