Carmelite Events

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!


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.




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!


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


 Monday, March 21, 2016            

 10:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

 St. Patrick’s Manor


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!




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.