Carmelite Events

Sister Philomena Anne's First Profession of Vows

Sunday, June 24, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 9, 2018, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm witnessed Sister Philomena Anne’s profession of First Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity in the Order of Carmel.  It was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. was the principal celebrant and Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was Master of Ceremony.  Concelebrating at Mass were other Carmelite Friars- Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm., and Rev. Nicholas Blackwell, O.Carm.  Sister Philomena’s family from Lynchburg, Virginia and West Milford, New Jersey came to attend.  Sister Philomena Anne will leave for Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Center, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2018 to begin her mission assignment.  We wish her a very happy, fulfilled and blessed life in her new home and ministry!



White Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Thursday, June 07, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sister Maureen Elizabeth, O.Carm.

 

Our Carmelite Sisters from Mary Manning Walsh Home in New York City and Carmel Richmond in Staten Island attended the Annual White Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on June 7, 2018 for Healthcare workers in the Archdiocese of New York.  Sister Mary Suzanne Sapa, O.Carm. read the Prayer of the Faithful.



 


Easter Liturgical Celebrations

Sunday, April 01, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters wish to extend their Easter wishes and blessings to all of their friends and families! May the joy, awe and hope of the Easter Season permeate all of your days!  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. and Saint Elias Province pre-Novices



Closing of Diocesan Inquiry on Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Blessed Titus Brandsma

 

Source: Carmelite Website

On December 12th 2017, at 2.00 pm in the Cathedral of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Palm Beach (Florida, United States), the Most Reverend Gerard Barbarito, Archbishop of Palm Beach presided over the closing session of the diocesan inquiry on the purported miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsma.

 

Born in the Frisian city of Bolsward, Holland, in 1881, Bl. Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelites while still young and was ordained priest in 1905. He undertook further studies in Rome and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy at the Gregorian Pontifical University.

Returning to Holland, he taught in a number of schools before taking up a post as Professor of Philosophy and the History of Mysticism at the Catholic University of Nijmegen where he was later appointed Rector Magnificus. A noted writer and journalist, in 1935, he was appointed adviser to the bishops, for Catholic journalists. He was noted for being ready to receive anyone in difficulty and to help in whatever way he could. In the period leading up to and during the Nazi occupation in Holland, he argued passionately against the National Socialist ideology, basing his stand on the Gospels, and he defended the right to freedom in education and for the Catholic Press. As a result, he was imprisoned. So began his Calvary, involving great personal suffering and degradation whilst, at the same time, he himself brought solace and comfort to the other internees and begged God's blessing on his jailers. In the midst of such inhuman suffering, he possessed the precious ability to bring an awareness of goodness, love and peace. He passed from one prison or camp to another until he arrived in Dachau where he was killed on 26th July 1942. He was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II on 3rd November 1985. 

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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.

Homily 25 Years Anniversary Homily 25 Years Anniversary (207 KB)



Interview with Bishop Hubbard from Carmelite Sister on Vimeo.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: SR. FIDELIS THERESE, O.CARM.

 

  

 

 

 

 


 



Carmel Manor Mass and Dedication

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Mother Mark, members of the General Council and other Carmelite Sisters attended the blessing of Carmel Manor's  new East Wing, the newly renovated St Joseph's Terrace and the outdoor memory garden.  The memory garden was donated by the Verst family.  Most Rev. Roger Foys of the Archdiocese of Covington, KY was the main celebrant.  Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, Kentucky is one of the Homes sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters.


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Mother Angeline Ministers of Care at Yonkers

Thursday, May 04, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Michael Guglielmo

April 29 saw the gathering of 35 parish volunteers from several churches in the Central Yonkers Cluster at St. Ann’s School Hall to learn more about Pastoral Ministry from the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. This event was sponsored by the Lower Westchester Advocates for Life, who hope to make an impact on the social isolation felt by many senior citizens and disabled persons in their community. The training from the Carmelite Sisters, using the Mother Angeline Ministries of Care program, brought the participants a long way toward achieving this goal. The Sisters were represented by Superior General Mother M. Mark Louis Randall, Sr. M. Peter Lillian, Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology and Sr. Michelle Anne Reho.

Next steps include identifying leadership for additional training and securing support from local pastors. For more information on these important ministries, please see:

The Avila Institute on Mother Angeline Ministers of Care.

Photos courtesy of Michael Guglielmo

 



 


 



A Visit to Armagh and Clonoe Ireland

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On their visit to Dublin, Ireland for the Board of Directors' meeting, Mother Mark, Sr. Maria Therese and Sister Cyril went to see Father Benny . Father is a close friend of the congregation and an avid proponent of Venerable Mary Angeline's Cause for Canonization.  They went to see the magnificent cathedral on the hill in Armagh. The sacristan was kind enough to give them an impromptu tour of the cathedral.  They also proceeded to Clonoe in time to attend noon Mass at St Brigid's in Brocagh with parishioners.  Some of these parishioners are members of the Irish branch of the Mother Angeline Society.  During this visit, Mother Mark was given a certificate of membership and pin. After Mass, the Sisters visited St Brigid's School, where Venerable Mary Angeline attended,  and gave those present Mother Angeline's photo.  The children rendered a song and two played the violin.  Father Benny took the Sisters for a drive to Lough Neah which was near the house where Mother Angeline spent her early years. Overall, it was a very full day!

In awe of the great Armagh CathedralArmagh Cathedral
Mother Mark at St. Brigid School
Presented with a certificate and pinVenerable Mary Angeline Teresa
Lough Neah
Sr. Cyril at St. Brigid School


 



100th Fatima Centenary

Saturday, February 04, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

The year 2017 marks the 100th year of Mary’s apparitions to the three children at Fatima, Portugal.  In order to celebrate with dignity this centennial, Pope Francis has mandated a Jubilee Year, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from November 27, 2016 to November 26, 2017.

You can read more about it HERE.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York  held an Enthronement Ceremony of a special statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on February 4, 2017.  There was Mass celebrated by Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., Scriptural Rosary participated by both Lay Carmelites, Carmelites in initial formation and the public at large.  Our novice Sister Philomena and I attended.  Below is a short history of the Statue of Mount Carmel installed at the Shrine as found in the booklet circulated at the event:

 

"In the final Fatima vision on October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, clothed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and holding the Brown Scapular in her hands.

Lucia joined the Discalced Carmelite nuns in 1947.  Father Donald O’Callaghan, O.Carm. and Father Albert Ward, O.Carm. visited Sister Lucia at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal to speak with her about how Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the last vision.

With the help of Father Louis Gonzaga Oliveira, O.Carm., Father O’Callaghan commissioned the famous sculptor, Jose Ferreira Thedim to create a statue based on Sister Lucia’s interpretation of the vision.  The statue embodies the vision exactly as described by Sister Lucia.  Our Lady is holding the Brown Scapular in her hand.  The presence of Jesus as a child in this vision is also significant because he seems to be waiting and anxious to receive into his small arms all who will take the scapular.

The statue of the final vision was blessed on September 13, 1949 by the Bishop of Fatima before being shipped to New York.  It was displayed at Our Lady of the Scapular Carmelite Parish in Manhattan and blessed by Francis Cardinal Spellman on July 16, 1950.

The Carmelites left Our Lady of the Scapular-St. Stephen’s in 2007 but the statue remained in Manhattan.  In November 2014, Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm. asked that the statue be returned to the Carmelites of the Saint Elias Province and in July 2015 it was brought back to Middletown, New York.

Father Michael Kissane, O.Carm. directed that the statue be cleaned and restored to its former beauty.Plans are currently underway to have it permanently installed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York."

 


 

 

 

 

 



The 44th March for Life

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

On January 27, 2017, Sister Philomena and I joined the hundreds of thousands of participants at the 44 th March for Life gathered in Washington DC.  It was a remarkable event, awe-inspiring, as people of all ages, religious and political backgrounds, gathered to show their united and overwhelming support to defend Life.

Even though this event was initially organized to end abortion legalized by the Roe vs. Wade court decision in 1973, the sweeping tide of the culture of death manifested in laws allowing for physician-assisted suicide and the widespread acceptance of the euthanasia mentality in our society, brought together people advocating for the elderly, the handicapped, the marginalized and the infirm.

We joined Rev. Robert Bubel and his parishioners at Saint Mary St. Peter Parish in Kingston, NY and left the parking lot at 5:10 am. We picked up a group of young people and the St. Augustine parishioners with their pastor half an hour later.The bus was 55 marchers full!The weather was exceptionally sunny compared to the previous years (there was a blizzard last year) , the strong wind gusts made it uncomfortably cold.  Even though as in every rally security was tight, it was exceptionally so this year because of the presence of VP Mike Pence who was one of the invited speakers.The mood was very joyful, with religious sisters, brothers, friars and clergy heavily notable in the crowd.  Sister Philomena and I held up our poster, which garnered some attention, with two groups asking permission if they could take a photo of us and the poster, for television! God only knows where it would show up! Keep your eyes open! We ended the day with a Mass offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

We returned after 1:00 am, wearied in body but buoyed up in spirit. It was great to be able to witness at the March for our elderly residents.  It was wonderful to be  part of something big- something bigger than we are.  We hope to be able to do this again next year!