Carmelite Events

Silver Jubilee Opening of the Cause for Venerable Mary Angeline

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The 25th Anniversary of the Opening of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's Cause for Beatification and Canonization was celebrated on September 10, 2017 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa founded the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 3, 1929 and pioneered a way of caring for the elderly that has become a standard of care today.  Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was then bishop of the Diocese of Albany and who knew Mother personally, was the principal celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration held in the Sisters'  chapel to honor the occasion.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Vice-Postulator, was the homilist.  Rev. Roberto Perez, O.Carm. and Rev. Joseph Finch also concelebrated. 

Below is Father Mario's homily.

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Interview with Bishop Hubbard from Carmelite Sister on Vimeo.










33rd Anniversary of Venerable Mother Angeline Teresa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 33rd anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's passing to eternal life on January 21, 2017.  The celebration was held at Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  The theme chosen for this celebration was "Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Model of Hospitality." The event was attended by the McCrory family, Avila Carmelite Sisters, invited guests  and the Carmelite Friars  pre-Novices and Novices.  The Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the principal celebrant.  Other members of the clergy con-celebrating with Father Mario were Rev. Joseph Finch, Rev. Patrick Buckley, Rev. Paul Denault, O.Carm., Rev. James Dorr, CM, Rev. Timothy Ennis, O.Carm., Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm. and Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm.

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was also born on the same day of her death which made it a double celebration!

Below is the homily given by Father Mario during the Mass.

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Ozanam Hall Nursing Home of Queens, NY held their own celebration, as did all the other nursing facilities in different States, operated by the Carmelite Sisters.  Below are photos of Bishop Neil Tiedemann, CP blessing the residents of Ozanam Hall and sharing this special day with our Sisters.



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

Celebrating the 31st Anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 31st anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa’s entrance into eternal life on January 21st.  If Mother Angeline was alive today, she would have been 122 years old!  Called to religious life at an early age of nineteen, she reached the fullness of her religious consecration when God called her to establish a religious community especially dedicated to the care of the elderly.  Among the many attributes of virtues, one that best describes this woman of faith was her religious zeal.  It is very appropriate then that the theme for this year’s anniversary celebration which falls on this proclaimed “Year of Consecrated Life” is that of the “Consecrated Woman of the Church.”

The Eucharistic celebration began at 11:00 am in the beautiful Chapel of Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY.  It was attended by the Avila Sisters, the McCrory family, Carmelite novices from St. Elias Province and Most Pure Heart of Mary Province, as well as other invited friends.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist.  Those concelebrating were Rev. Robert Traudt, O.Carm., Rev. John Horan, O.Carm., Rev. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., Rev. Brian McWeeney, Rev. James Donlon, Rev. Thomas Lawless, and Rev. John Moyna.  Father Mario delivered his homily centered on the call to living the life of consecration, in particular the consecrated life, with its challenges, hopes and its call to mission.  Using the backdrop of the call of Samuel read in the First reading, and the command of Jesus from the Gospel of John to love one another, Father Mario drew highlights from the life of the Venerable Mary Angeline and the long history of Carmel, to both encourage and challenge those present to live out the gospel call of service and mission. You can read Father Mario’s full homily below.  The celebration proceeded with a gathering for a delicious meal and fraternity.  We thank God for the life and legacy of Venerable Mary Angeline and pray for the advance of her Cause for Beatification!  May this “Consecrated Woman of the Church” intercede for us and draw forth new vocations to the religious life on this Year of the Consecrated Life!

Gathering before Mass with Fr Mario, Sisters, Janice and John Smircich
Entrance Procession
Very Rev. Mario EspositoFirst Reader Sr. Ann Elizabeth Brown
Second Reader Sr. Michelle Anne RehoGospel Proclamation by Rev. Brian McWeeneyHomilist Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
Prayer of the Faithful by Sr. AnthonyOffertory procession
Invited Members of ClergyMembers of Clergy with Mother Mark and Council
The big clean up with Sr. Ambrose, Sr. Matthew, Fr Joseph and Sr. Pia