As nursing home administrators navigate through new regulations, changing demography of the long-term care market and complex resident needs, well-rounded
staff education is critical to improving quality of resident care.
St. Patrick's Home Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in the Bronx, NY, a member of the Carmelite System, has been providing care to the community for nearly 90 years. We strive to find collaborative
ways to provide high quality care that meets the needs of today's elderly. Quality is important in everything that we do.
The Mother Angeline Heritage Center offers a Saturday Lenten Retreat starting March 4 through April 8 from 1-4 pm. This is a great opportunity to enter deeply into the Lenten season as you enjoy the quiet and prayerful grounds of the Carmelite Sisters' Motherhouse. Details on RSVP and the description of the afternoon can be found on the flyer below.
On June 11, 2016, Sister M. Pia Ignatius de la Cruz, O.Carm. professed First Vows to the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. She has exchanged the white veil of a Novice to the black veil of the newly professed. The ceremony was held in Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The main celebrant was Rev. Gregory Houck, O.Carm. who is a member of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Also present to con-celebrate were Rev. Pat Kelly, Rev. George W. Hommel, Rev. Joseph Finch and Msgr. Michael Barimab Apau. Sister Pia's mother Carmen Klohe, her brothers Alexander and Paul Klohe, close friends and other family members also attended.
Sr. Pia Ignatius is a native of Leonia, New Jersey. She graduated in 2006 from Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing in Teaneck, New Jersey, as a licensed practical nurse and has worked as an EMT prior to her joining the Carmelites. Sister Pia will join her Carmelite Sisters to start her First Mission assignment inKahl Home, Davenport, Iowa on June 20, 2016.
Congratulations, Sister Pia Ignatius! We wish you God's blessings as you continue to give yourself to the service of the Aged and Infirm. May you find lasting happiness in your Carmelite life!
On May 15, 2015, Most Rev. Mitchell Thomas Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, MA, blessed Mount Carmel Care Center (MCCC) The event was attended by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, representatives of MCCC and guests. You can read more about Mount Carmel Care Center by going to their website HERE.
A very hearty welcome to all our guests on this special day! We are delighted that Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard could be with us to bless the new Mother Angeline Heritage Center and are also pleased to welcome Fr. James Donlon and Fr. John Moyna of the Tribunal of Mother Angeline’s Cause, Brother Robert Chiulli, assistant vice-Postulator, Sr. Stephen and Regine, our archivists, Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm., and those who work on and promote Mother’s Cause. It is a delight to have Mother Angeline’s family with us, and they didn’t even have to battle snow to get here! And of course, last but not least, our Sisters, who have turned out in record numbers for this important occasion.
There are special people I have not mentioned yet, but their names will unfold with the background on this beautiful building. To appreciate this day, we have to look back four years when the Council and I began thinking about a way to honor Mother and her companions in a special way, to share their stories, and the history of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm with more people than we could with our well organized but small Motherhouse Heritage Room. But where do we start?
Enter Rev. Richard Vosko, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, and specialist in the building of sacred spaces. Father Vosko helped us focus on what we hoped to accomplish and referred us to those who could help make our dream a reality. He helped facilitate our meetings until the project was well underway. Kerns Group Architects of Arlington, Virginia were engaged, as was Michael Callan, our exhibit designer. We began the project with the Zandri Construction Company, but sadly, its principal Dick Zandri died suddenly, and the company was not able to continue without him. Happily, Geoff Miles, our Zandri based project manager for the McCrory Center project was able to pick up the reins as a consultant and see the project to completion. He did this with the invaluable assistance of our own Bill Clark and later the supervisory skills of Jeff Griffin. I cannot emphasize enough the creativity, care and hard work of this team and its firm determination to have everything built to perfection.
The project has been far from simple. Where do we build? How do we build? What do we present? Father Vosko kept us on track through all the initial stages. There were so many large and small decisions made along the way by the former and present Councils. There were delays and usual problems which came up but handled with faith that all would work out in the end. And it has!
So here we are today, telling the story of Mother Angeline and our Congregation in this beautiful building built so carefully and lovingly. We hope it will not only educate people about Mother but provide a place of peace and reflection. We thank all those who in any way contributed to this building – those already named and the artists who added the final touches in wood, glass, stone and bronze - Mr. Robert Whelan, who painted Mother’s portrait, Sr. Margaret Beaudette SC, who sculpted Mother in bronze, Kevin Morgan and staff who created the beautiful stained glass window and David Bacharach who designed the monstrance sculpture in the garden. We especially thank Michael Callan for capturing Mother’s essence in word and picture and Empire for fabricating the panels you see around the Center.
There are many people not here today who also contributed to the funding of this project with gifts large and small. We will have a special donor reception on August 29, at which time the donor panel on the way in the building will be activated. We will also have an open house on September 12 and hope our neighbors in the area will take the opportunity to visit us and see the rich history here at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse.
In the meantime we proceed with the blessing of this center. For this occasion, we have something special. Having recently visited Ireland for the annual Board Meeting at Our Lady’s Manor, we were able to take a trip north to Tyrone – to St. Brigid’s Church in Brocagh, where Mother Angeline lived her early life. A special Mass in the Church where she was baptized opened with the sprinkling rite. The baptismal font used to baptize Mother was filled with water, blessed, and the Congregation sprinkled with it. We were able to fill a few holy water bottles from the font after Mass and brought some home to use on this special occasion. So the circle is complete – from the beginning of Mother’s life to a celebration of it here at the Mother Angeline Heritage Center.
May this building be a source of many blessings for others. Thank you for being here and for all you do for our Congregation.
The focus of the new Mother Angeline Heritage Center is a sculpture of Mother Angeline sitting silently before the Blessed Sacrament. The Carmelite mystics tell us that God hears best the silent language of love; and that quiet love speaks volumes to the world about the gift of life in all the Homes of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm through their Residents, Staff, Volunteers, Benefactors, and Friends throughout the years.
Come, sit on the bench next to Mother Angeline as she opens her heart to the Lord and listen deeply to our loving God. It is so appropriate that the sculpture of Mother Angeline and the Monstrance are outdoors in the elements, not protected from wind, rain, sun and snow, because that is indicative of the Charism of the Carmelite Sisters to be out in the midst of the difficult healthcare world advocating for our Aged in whom we recognize the presence of the “Living God.”
“Do this in memory of Me” is the invitation of the Eucharist as depicted in the monstrance. Powerful is the knowledge that:
To remember is:to take all of the Past, project it into the Future, and liveit in the Present.
The Heritage Center is built in memory of Mother Angeline but the message carries far into future generations.
Adjacent to the Heritage Center is the cemetery of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm where Mother Angeline is buried among her Sisters. The Center houses the story of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm through the years. The 84 acre property of “Avila on the Hudson” tells the journey that has gone through the years. Walk the grounds of the Motherhouse, Novitiate, Retreat House, Generalate and Carmelite System in order to listen to the story they share with you.
The sculpture of Mother Angeline before the monstrance sits outside because the horizons are yet to be developed. Endless are the possibilities because only God knows as He waits for the “FIAT” of those who are to continue the Journey.
As the Heritage Center has been blessed, let us REMEMBER and take all of the PAST (giving thanks for the LOVE of all those who have gone before us). Project it into the FUTURE (as we wait with HOPE for the great things that are to come). Live it in the PRESENT (spreading the FAITH in the “Gift of the Aged”).
May our Heritage Center stand as a witness to God who lives within and among us through our Faith, Hope and Love.
Following the General Chapter of 2013
and its final message addressed to the whole Carmelite Family, the new
Council of the Order established a commission for evangelization and
The commission was guided in its reflection by two documents: the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG)
of Pope Francis and the Final Message of the General Chapter. This led
us into a reflection on the joy of the Good News and of being Carmelites
We were struck by so many sections of EG
that seemed to resonate with our Carmelite spiritual tradition and the
concrete implications the Pope's document might have for each one of us
in the task of evangelization and the Order's mission.
It is our desire that we engage in a conversation with
every part of the Carmelite Family and invite you Carmelite bishop,
friar, nun, sister, hermit and lay member to join in this reflective
dialogue. At the General Chapter, the Order in its final statement made
serious commitments into the future regarding the nature of community,
prayer, ministry and mission. How could we possibly undertake so immense
task in order to achieve a sincere and truthful conversation leading to
We have set out a five-year process of
reflection together, which we would like you to reflect on in your
community or Province. The theme of our program is: "Being Carmelite: our life and mission" and our motto is: "A joy ever new, a joy to be shared". Each
year we will have a particular theme (2015 - Joy in the Carmelite life;
2016 - Joy in contemplative community; 2017 Joy in preaching the
Gospel; 2018 - Joy in going out to the peripheries) so as to reflect
upon and explore the richness of EG and the serious commitments that the
Order has made in its Chapter of 2013. We have chosen the biblical
image of the visitation in this endeavour.
With the support of the General Council
of the Order, we invite you to join with us in this challenging and
joyful experience. We would like to help you and your community by
offering some simple guidelines:
Reflecting on the quotations and implications set out on the enclosed card based on Evangelii Gaudium and the final message of the Chapter, we offer you a tool to begin your dialogue and community conversation;
Offering some outlines for workshops for the following years to be
used for personal reflection, community meetings or provincial
gatherings relating to the themes prepared for each year by the
Facilitating a deeper reading of these two texts and the implications that flow from them for the Carmelite Family today.
At the end of each year the commission
would be very grateful to receive a synthesis of your conversations and
the enacted decisions, through a section on the web site of the Order
entitled "Commission for Evangelization and Mission".
May Mary, star of evangelization guide us in our mission in Carmel,
John Keating, O. Carm.,
Councillor General and praeses of the commission,
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE LETTER AND BOOKLETS FROM THE WEBSITE BELOW.
From the 10th to the 12th of October, 2014, at the St. Albert’s
International Centre in Rome, a symposium was held, to celebrate the 8th
Centenary of the death of St. Albert of Jerusalem. On the invitation of
the General Council, some eighty people including friars, nuns,
religious sisters and lay carmelites, from Rome and from farther afield,
in Europe and in Brazil, took part in the event. The celebration opened
on the 10th with Evening Prayer at which the Provost General of the
Discalced Carmelites, Fr. Saverio Cannistrà, presided. The words of
welcome were given by the Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral,
O.Carm. and the President of the Institutum Carmelitanum, Fr. Michael Plattig, O.Carm. FULL ARTICLE
The Carmelite Institute will host its Annual Lecture "Reimagining Bernini's St. Teresa in Ecstasy" by Dr. Christopher Wilson on October 18, 2014 at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to the lecture, the Carmelite Institute is sponsoring an art show for artists who would like to show their depictions of St. Teresa. The Institute is hoping you could attend!
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY is honored to display a new portrait of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm., or Mother Angeline, as she is fondly remembered by the Carmelite Community. Below the portrait is a plaque with the inscription “Daughter of Carmel – Mother to the Aged – Friend of Priests, Pray for Us.” The original painting was done by Robert Whelan in 2011.
As the founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1929, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was able to offer a different type of care and ministry to the elderly. Her vision and mission bore fruit and her spiritual daughters, along with their lay staff, continue this same mission of compassionate care to the Aged and Infirm today.The Mother Angeline Society is dedicated to the promotion of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of the now Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and the advancement of her charism in the Church. In a recent Mother Angeline Society Bulletin, Brother Robert Chiulli, O. Carm., wrote, “God teaches us through all the people we encounter: the well and the sick, the young and the old, the poor and the rich. Mother Angeline intuited this when she wrote, ‘We are privileged to take care of the dying Christ in the Mystical Body,’ as she knew that by lovingly attending to those who were living their final days on this Earth, that God was being revealed in a most special and tender way.”
In her own words, Mother Angeline wrote, “…our Apostolate is not only to staff and operate up-to-date Homes for the Aged. As religious, it is to bring Christ to every old person under our care. Bringing Christ means giving them His compassion, His interest, His loving care, His warmth – morning, noon, and night!”
To learn more about The Mother Angeline Society or become a member, visit the website of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.