Carmelite Events

Homegrown: Stories from Home

Monday, July 01, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Story Contribution by Sr. Lois Ann Wetzel, O.Carm.

Our Sisters participated in the Rosary Walk for Life sponsored by the Diocese of Albany. It was a beautiful day with a good turn out of faithful persons committed to promoting the Culture of Life.  Our own Sr. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O.Carm. was the guest speaker. 



Story Contribution by Sr. Margaret Therese Jackson, O.Carm.

On June 26, 2019, Nun's Day, Sr. Teresa Stephen, Sr. Mary Suzanne, Sr. Margaret Therese, Sr. Maria Agnes and Sr. Mary Vianney attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Go Sox!



UPCOMING EVENT: Dan Schutte Music Concert

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink


A one night music concert by famous music composer Dan Schutte sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters. Free will donations only.

Event Starts at 7:00 pm in Carmel Hall, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526




Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink


This is our Annual Rosary Procession and Crowning of Our Lady open to the public on the beautiful grounds of Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY along the Hudson River. The event starts at 2 pm with rosary procession, Crowning of Mary and Sunday Vigil Mass by Rev. Jim Hess, O.Carm. Bring food to picnic. Socials after event with Sisters.

Call Sr. Francis Patrick for more information at 518-537-5000

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UPCOMING EVENT: Vocation Weekend Retreat

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink



If you are discerning a possible religious vocation to the Carmelite Order in service to the care of the elderly, come and join us for a weekend of silence, prayer, conference and time with the Sisters at their beautiful Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.

Visit our Facebook page for more upcoming events.



Sister Philomena Anne Renews Vows

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

We had a beautiful Mass for Sr. Philomena Anne's renewal of vows on June 8, 2019. Msgr. Robert Saly, Garvey Manor's chaplain and Sr. Jacinta Mary, O.Carm., local Prioress, officially received Sister's vows.  We had a wonderful congregation of people. Sister’s father, Robert Schill, was present for the Mass and did the first reading.  Sister Philomena and her dad carried up the offertory gifts. It was an honor for us all to be at the Mass and to celebrate this wonderful event!

Sr. Philomena's father Joe Schill

2019 Religious Jubilees

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photos Courtesy: Sister Christopher Jude, O.Carm. / Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

On June 1, 2019, Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse at Avila-on-Hudson celebrated with our Carmelite Sisters who commemorated their respective 80, 75, 70, 60 and 50 years of religious jubilees. As in times past, the celebration began with a festive Jubilee Socials on the eve of the Congregational Mass. Friends, family members and Sisters who were able to travel joined to thank God for the many graces He has bestowed on these special women!

Father Joseph Fonti, S.T.L, along with Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. John Horan, O.Carm., Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm., and Rev. Senan Taylor, O.F.M, Cap.,celebrated the Jubilee Mass at Saint Teresa's Chapel. We are so grateful to the Carmelite pre-novices who made the liturgical celebration richer by their participation. Our Jubilarians thank friends, families, and their Sisters in Carmel,  for joining them in thanking God and Community for this very special event. It was a graced moment for all present in very many ways.

After the Eucharistic liturgy, everyone proceeded to Carmel Hall for the reception.

80th Jubilee - 1939

Sister M. Edwin Thomas Debany, O.Carm.  

75th Jubilee - 1944

Sister M. Therese of the Child Jesus Foley, O.Carm.

Sister M. Rose of the Sacred Heart Spencer, O.Carm.

70th Jubilee- 1949

Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.

Sister M. Joseph Augustine Thornley, O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1959

Sister M. Madeline Angeline Fasano, O.Carm.

Sister M. Eulaliae Angeline George, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1969

Sister Maureen Elizabeth Doonan, O.Carm.

Sister M. Sean Damien Flynn, O.Carm.

Sister M. Jeanne Francis Haley, O.Carm.

Sister M. Catherine Leighton, O.Carm.

Sister M. Brendan Sean Phillips, O.Carm.

Sister M. Charlotte Michael Smolik, O.Carm.


Preparing for Socials2019 Jubilarians
Preparing for SocialsPreparing for Socials
50th Jubilarians
60th Jubilarians
70th Jubilarian75th Jubilarian
SocialsSocials80th Jubilarian
SocialsSocialsCommunity Choir members
Community Choir membersCommunity Choir members
Entrance Procession
Sr. Madeline Angeline First ReaderSr. Eulaliae Angeline Second ReaderCelebrant Fr. Joe Fonti
Sr. Joseph Augustine 70th Jubilarian60th Jubilarians50th Jubilarians
Sr. Maureen Elizabeth Prayer of the FaithfulOffertory procession
Mother Mark at the OrganInvited Clergy and Council
80th and 75th JubilariansSr. Madeline Angeline's Guests
Mother Mark Welcomes Jubilarians and GuestsSr. Edwin Thomas' Family

IN THE NEWS: Garvey Manor

Monday, May 20, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo : Altoona Mirror

Staff Writer: Patt Keith

Mirror photo by Patt Keith Registered Nurse Jamie Pendersen checks 92-year-old Garvey Manor resident Richard Gildea’s breathing.


HOLLIDAYSBURG — Residents at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies receive care from an educationally diverse mix of nurses, said registered nurse Becky Wilson, director of nursing.

The facility employs 90 certified nursing assistants, 35 licensed practical nurses and 20 registered nurses, she said, noting that 132 residents of the skilled nursing area and the 36 residents of a secure dementia unit need the most care and residents in 54-personal care apartments the least.

Wilson, of Altoona, has made a 19-year career at Garvey where she started as a CNA, became a registered nurse and held various positions before landing the lead position.

“I never expected to stay here my whole career, but I have,” Wilson said. “I know and love the residents. They put a smile on my face.”



A Special Mass and Concert for Mother Angeline McCrory

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by David McCrory


You are invited to join the McCrory Family in Rome!

A special Mass and Concert in honor of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory,O. Carm

"If you have to fail, let it be on the side of kindness. Be kinder than kindness itself to the elderly."

Date: May 26, 2019, Mass at 12:15 pm

Sacred Early Music Concert and a new song written for Mother Angeline at 3 pm

Santa Maria in Traspontina

Via della Conciliazione, 14c, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.

“Mother Angeline McCrory”

In Tyrone’s fine county, a land of great bounty, I first set my eyes on Mother Angeline.
As she prayed to her savior, there was no one braver, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
She left home for France, where she jumped at the chance,
To help the poor folk and old folk, with all of their needs. She joined in the Order, Little Sisters of the Po’or.
With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
Then she crossed the great ocean, with heartfelt emotion, to bring her sweet healing, to the aged and infirm.
Through the Sisters she led, her legacy spread, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
When kind Angeline died, the world stopped and cried, And the Pope in fair Rome said we honor her life.
First Beatification, then canonization, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.

Contact David McCrory at for more information.

Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy (124 KB)


Month of May Crowning at Saint Patrick's Home

Monday, May 13, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Home

Saint Patrick's Home honored Our Lady during our May Crowning held at our facility.  The Eucharistic celebration included our residents' choir, students from the Avila Institute of Gerontology Spiritual Care Program who participated in the readings and distribution of Communion and some of the children from the local community. One of the girls crowned Mary. Refreshments were provided from our Café after Mass.



Emmy Nominated Palliative Care Video

Friday, May 10, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by  Stacey Sumereau

Photo Credit: Google

"The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm recently formalized a groundbreaking palliative care program that raises new standards for palliative and end-of-life care in the United States.  Kaplan Multimedia, Inc. teamed up with the Carmelite Sisters to produce a thirteen-minute film capturing the hallmarks of the program titled The Difference Is Love. The film's excellence was recognized with a nomination for a 2017 Suncoast Emmy Award under the category "Societal Concerns."

Palliative Care, often confused with hospice care, is specialized pain relief that can be administered to anyone with a serious illness, even if he or she has no life-limiting prognosis.  The Carmelite Sisters' philosophy that life is precious until the end, stands in stark contrast to the movement of promoting physician-assisted suicide throughout our country. Not only does The Difference Is Love highlight the Carmelite Sisters' unique approach, but it also tells the stories of those whose lives have been made better by the program.  The message is a hopeful one, that holistic, loving care and a natural death are a better alternative to an earlier death from a belief that life as an elder is meaningless.  " It was affirming to know that the National Academy of Arts and Sciences recognized the importance of Palliative Care and its significance to our elders and those who are facing debilitating illnesses," said Sr. Peter Lillian, O.Carm., Director of Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG), the Carmelite Sisters' Educational arm.

Joe Kaplan, director of photography, and Linda Corley, writer and producer, each bring over thirty years of experience in the film industry and a combined twenty-one Emmy nominations and fifteen awards to their work. "It's one of my most meaningful nominations because the subject matter has significant impact on society. It's gratifying to be in a field where your information helps direct, inform, and enlighten," said Linda Corley. Stacey Sumereau served as Associate Producer, and John Sumereau served as Production Assistant."


To learn more about the work of the Avila Institute of Gerontology and Palliative Care, visit the AIG's website at  


You can also visit Stacey Sumereau's website and podcast on this link: