Carmelite Events

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)."

HOLY DOOR FOR YEAR OF MERCY

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:

https://catholicpilgrimagesites.wordpress.com/holy-doors-of-mercy/

http://rcda.org/YearOfMercy/

http://www.gcatholic.org/churches/list/USA-JubileeMercy.htm

AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE PILGRIMAGE SITE DIRECTLY FOR DETAILS BEFORE FINALIZING YOUR PLANS.

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

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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.

WAKE;

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

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

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

St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home                                        

Bronx, NY 10463

BURIAL:

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.

 

All Carmelite Saints

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

  

Photo: carmelitesofboston.org website

The Carmelite Order celebrates the feast of all its Saints on November 14th. This is a solemn commemoration and tribute given to the men and women who climbed the Mount of Carmel to seek the face of God and allowed themselves to be transformed by the Presence they found there. There were many of these Saints, although we only hear of the famous ones like Saint John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Blessed ELizabeth of the Trinity and others. Equally great in the Order are, St. Peter Thomas, St. Andrew Corsini, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, St. Raphael Kalinowski, St. Teresa of St. Augustine and the Martyrs of Compiegne, St. John Soreth, St. Elisha, St. Albert of Trapani, Blessed Titus Brandsma, St Margaret Redi and many more! These are huge personalities in Carmel and we treasure them with their lives and examples of true love of God.

It is amazing the differences in personalities, social and educational backgrounds of these Saints. But despite the differences, they shared common traits that bound them to each other and to the great Order of Carmel. They all shared a deep love of the Order and the Church, love for Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel and deep appreciation of the centrality of the cross as an expression of love and instrument of saving souls. The Carmelite spirituality is an affective spirituality. It is a spirituality that does everything to awaken love in the soul, a spirituality that uses love as instrument to attain to union with God, and a spirituality that makes love its end. St. John of the Cross is known for his "dark night" but he is called in Carmel as the Mystical Doctor of love. His poems are expressions of a soul enamored, of a lover seeking his beloved. St. Teresa of Avila was pierced by an angel's dart and the pain was an "effusion of love" that sealed the spiritual marriage between her and Jesus. St. Therese exclaimed "I have found my vocation. In the heart of my mother, the Church, I will be LOVE." Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity wrote to her friends wanting to know what she did in Carmel, "In Carmel, there are only two things to do, to pray and to love." This centrality of love is preeminent in the writings of our saints. Love for them is not just a word, or an effervescence of momentary emotion, but something that embraces sufferings and forgets self.

Our Saints show us the promise given to the simple of heart. They embody the beatitudes spoken by Jesus. We love them because they achieved what we long to be . Their lives show us that it is possible to experience God even on this earth, in the here and now. They make a hidden life beautiful. They prove to us that Mary is our Mother and as such she is always with us and that Carmel is a land flowing with milk and honey.

"I have brought you to Carmel to eat of its fruits."- Prophet Jeremiah

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Monday, November 02, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

The Carmelite Order celebrates the memorial of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity on November 8th. Elizabeth was a beautiful soul who tasted the delights of contemplating God in the depths of her soul and invites us to do the same.

She was born on July 18, 1880 in a military camp of Avor in the district of Farges-en-Septaine, France to a military family. Her father, Joseph Catez, was a captain of the 8th Squadron of the Equipment and Maintenance Corps. Her mother, Marie Rolland, was the daughter of a retired Commandant. The couple was blessed with two lovely daughters, Elizabeth and Marguerite. The family moved to Dijon in 1882. As a child, Elizabeth was described to possess a terrible temper. She was inclined to bouts of tantrums and her early photos show her flashing eyes. It was said that a Canon close to the family exclaimed after being a witness to these outburst, “this child will either grow up to be a devil or an angel.” She is described to be quick-tempered and unable to manage her anger well. This character flaw will be foremost in Elizabeth’s mind as she strove to grow deeper in the spiritual life.

But despite this weakness, Elizabeth also was gifted with good natural qualities. She was naturally affectionate and did not think twice to show it. When one reads her letters to friends, her warmth and affectionate nature come through. She was loved wherever she went and was popular among her friends. She loved to travel and loved beautiful, fashionable clothes. She was an accomplished pianist and her soul was sensitive to everything beautiful and harmonious. It was this artistic soul that will open up for her the discovery of a Presence within her.

When her father died, Mme. Catez, Elizabeth and Marguerite moved to a smaller house not far from a Carmelite monastery in Dijon, France. In fact, it was so near to the house that Elizabeth could see the belfry of the chapel from her bedroom window. A great spiritual transformation occurred in Elizabeth during her First Communion in April of 1891. Her writings talk about her account of “being fed by Jesus.” This experience was the turning point in her life. From that moment onward, Elizabeth began a journey of self-discovery, self-mastery and self-conquest. She also discovered her vocation to Carmel.

It is wonderful to read Blessed Elizabeth’s writings because they are full of love and expressions of great longings. Her description and re-discovery of the mystery of the Divine Indwelling in her soul is so vivid that one cannot help but be immersed in what she is describing. Her writings are lofty and mystical and she spoke in the language of the mystics. She truly lived out her personal mission of being the apostle of Divine Indwelling in Carmel. Her appeal is different from St. Therese and yet Elizabeth read Therese's "Story of a Soul" while a Postulant in her Dijon Carmel. In a photo taken of her at this time with the Community, she can be seen holding this book next to Mother Germaine, her Prioress. There is a certain euphoria and excitement surrounding St. Therese but Blessed Elizabeth manifests a more subdued, serious and austere aura about her. She was very heavily influenced by the writings of Saint Paul and most, if not all of her writings, are meditations and reflections on the works of this great apostle to the gentiles. It was in one of St. Paul's letters that she discovered her personal mission in Carmel: to be "laudem gloriae", to be God's Praise of Glory. Being a praise of glory for Elizabeth meant becoming "another humanity in which Christ can renew the whole of His mystery." She expounds on St. Paul's cry of "filling up in my body what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ." All these sentiments were not driven only by a pure sense of asceticism but more so because she understood that love is proven by the crucible of the Cross. " A Carmelite is a soul who has gazed on Christ Crucified, who has seen Him offering Himself to His Father as a victim for souls; and entering into herself under this great vision of Christ's charity, she has understood the passion of His soul and desired to give herself as He did!"

Elizabeth of the Trinity teaches me that God dwells in silence. The Rule of Carmel teaches that "your strength will lie in silence and hope." When asked by her Prioress what her favorite point of the Rule was, she referred to the practice of silence as indicated in the holy Rule. It is in silence that we must seek Him and we have to acquire that virtue of silence in order to allow God to communicate Himself to us. Being silent is not just the absence of words. Being silent more so means being abandoned, docile, submissive to the Spirit so He can accomplish his works in us. Being silent means having a “single eye” to view all things.  A silent and peaceful soul is one who is convinced that nothing happens by accident, no second causes, that God ordains all, and that everything is  grace. A noisy soul is one that constantly swims upstream, who constantly sees the danger behind every sacrifice, who measures every step so she doesn’t fall. It reminds me of the song The Rose -“it’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance, it’s the dream afraid of waking that never takes a chance, it’s the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give, and the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live."

Elizabeth died of Addison’s disease on November 9, 1906. She was beatified by Saint Pope John Paul II on November 25, 1984. Her dying words were “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life.”  In her own words:

“Let us live with God as with a Friend. Let us make our faith a living thing, so as to remain in communion with Him through everything. That is how saints are made. We carry our heaven within us, since He who completely satisfies every longing of the glorified souls in the light of the Beatific Vision, is giving Himself to us in faith and mystery. It is the same thing. It seems to me I have found my heaven on earth, since heaven is God and God is in my soul. The day I understood that, everything became clear to me, and I wish I could whisper this secret to those I love in order that they also might cling closely to God through everything."

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us!

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