Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sr. M. Virginia Aloysius, O.Carm.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Virginia Aloysius O.Carm. passed away peacefully during the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Mary Manning Walsh Home, where she had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care since April of 2017. Sr. Virginia had recently turned 96 years old and was in the 62 nd year of her religious life.

Maria (Mary) Sylvia Russo was born on October 21, 1924 in Jersey City, NJ, although the Russo’s eventually settled in Hoboken. She was one of nine children born to Francesco (Frank) and Philomena (nee Vanore) Russo, immigrants from Italy. Among her siblings who preceded her in death was Sr. M. Xavier Francis of the Holy Family (RIP 11/7/2013). Sr. Virginia is survived by her sisters, Lucy and Phyllis.

Sr. Virginia entered the Congregation on March 16, 1958, professed first vows on December 8, 1960 and made her final profession of vows on March 18, 1965. During the 1960’s she was missioned at Mary Manning Walsh Home, St. Patrick’s Home, and St. Joseph’s Manor. Her other missions were Josephine Baird Home (1970-1983); St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1983-1984); Carmel Richmond (1984-2016), and Mary Manning Walsh Home (2016-2020). Sr. Virginia’s ministries included bookkeeping, bursar work, clerical work, and pastoral care. She did much of the typing for Mother Bernadette de Lourdes’ book Woman of Faith: Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm., and assisted in typing what was needed in preparation for sending documentation to Rome for the promotion of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Mother Angeline Teresa.

Sr. Virginia Aloysius opened her heart to the residents and families that crossed her path, always taking time to talk with them and listen to their stories. May Sr. Virginia’s heart now know the fullness of God’s love for all eternity!

 

 

 


R.I.P Sr. Mary Ellen Bernadette Magano, O.Carm.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Comments (3) | Permalink

 

Sister Mary Ellen Bernadette O.Carm. passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 27, 2020 at Ozanam Hall, in the 64 th year of her religious life. Sr. Mary Ellen had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care at Ozanam Hall since April of 2018.

Elsie Rodrigues Magano was born on April 21, 1932 in Fall River, MA to Manuel and Mary (nee Souza Rapoza) Magano, also of Fall River.  In addition to her parents, Sr. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister, Sr. M. Francis Clare of All Saints.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, Sr. Mary Ellen professed first vows on October 2, 1958 and final vows on December 8, 1962.  She was assigned for very short periods of time in several missions but served the longest at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1976-1986); St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville, IL (1986-1988); and Ozanam Hall, Bayside, NY (1988 – 2020).

Trained as a C.O.T.A., Sr. Mary Ellen’s various ministries included activities, bookkeeping, data entry for MDS, and various clerical positions. A woman of multiple talents, Sister was a member of the Community Choir for many years, where she shared her gorgeous, crystal clear singing voice.  Sr. Mary Ellen played the organ and the guitar, and she and Sr. Francis Clare enjoyed attending the National Pastoral Musicians Conference each year until their health prevented traveling.  Sr. Mary Ellen was also very artistic and designed the beautiful logo for St. Patrick’s Residence, which was introduced during the transition from Joliet to Naperville and is still in use today.  Some of her favorite things were counted cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles, visiting Avila and, of course, as a true Fall River native, eating lobster.

The Lord invited Sr. Mary Ellen to join him in heaven, and she gently slipped away to meet her heavenly spouse.  May her beautiful voice join in with the choirs of angels for eternity.


 


R.I.P Sr. M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face Spring, O.Carm.

Monday, July 06, 2020 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face, O.Carm. went home to the Lord peacefully at Marian Manor on July 3, 2020 in the 44 th year of her religious life. The Sisters were at her bedside saying the rosary and Sister Joseph’s sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Chuck Graul, were nearby. Sr. Joseph’s brothers, Frederick and Robert, had also visited.

Dianne Marie Spring was born on October 6, 1947 in Boston, MA. Her parents, Frederick and Anna (nee Lawless) Spring were native Bostonians. Having entered the Congregation on September 8, 1976, Sr. Joseph professed first vows on April 16, 1979 and professed final vows on March 31, 1986.

Sr. Joseph’s missions included St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1979-1982); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1982-1983); Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, NY (1983-1986); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester, NH (1986-1997), and Marian Manor (1997-2020). Trained as a Registered Nurse, she also completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Services Administration. In ministry Sr. Joseph had been Director of Nursing, Coordinator of Restorative Nursing, and Administrative Assistant. While at Marian Manor she also served as Bursar and Assistant to the Prioress. Sr. Joseph Jude always showed great personal kindness and compassion to the residents she cared for, and the same kindness was shown to her fellow Sisters.

Before her illness prevented this, Sr. Joseph always enjoyed her evening walks and her time at the family cottage on the beach in Salisbury, MA. She also enjoyed hobbies such as counted cross stitch. We rejoice in knowing that the heavy cross of illness has been taken from her shoulders and that she is now at peace in the company of Our Lord and all those whom she loved on earth.


 


R.I.P Sister M. Anne Patricia, O.Carm.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Anne Patricia, O.Carm. passed unexpectedly but peacefully to eternal life on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the 68 th year of her religious life.

Marie Julia Ruiz was born on June 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts to Benjamin and Anna (nee Murphy) Ruiz. Her father was originally from Guatemala and her mother was a native of Massachusetts. Sr. Anne is survived by her sister, Gloria Eisenhauer, of Lynn Massachusetts.

Sr. Anne Patricia entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952 and received the habit on April 30, 1953. She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1958. In 1962, Sr. Anne graduated from Manhattan Medical Assistants School as a Laboratory and X-Ray Technician, but throughout her many years in religious life, Sr. Anne’s ministry was mainly in the area of medical records. She was missioned in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Her lengthiest assignments were at Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1966-1975); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1978-1982); and Teresian House, Albany, NY (1982- 2013). In February 2013, Sr. Anne Patricia was admitted to St. Patrick’s Manor where the Sisters and staff lovingly provided for her physical, mental and spiritual needs.

A very sociable Sister and a real “people person,” for many years Sr. Anne kept in contact with Sisters, family members and friends by frequent letter writing. Although sad at her passing, we rejoice in her happy reunion with Mother Angeline Teresa and our beloved deceased Sisters. May they all join together in imploring Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to send many young women to join us in our Carmelite way of life.

 



R.I.P Sr. M. Elizabeth Ann, O.Carm.

Sunday, May 03, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Elizabeth Ann O.Carm. passed to eternal life at 6:20 p.m. on May 2, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY. At the time of her passing Sr. Elizabeth Ann was in the 47 th year of her religious life.

Shirley Louise Soderquist was born on May 27, 1952 in Bridgeport, CT to Walter and Margaret (nee Doxsey) Soderquist, both natives of Connecticut. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Doughty.

After completing a 19 month course at The Butler Business School in Bridgeport, CT, Sr. Elizabeth entered our Congregation on September 8, 1973, professed first vows on March 25, 1976 and professed perpetual vows on April 19, 1982. She served at Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1976-1983); St. Ann Home, Dover, NH (1983-1985); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet and Naperville, IL (1985-1994); St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1994-1996); St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA ( 1996- 2002); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (2002-2006) and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2006-2020).

While missioned at Avila, Sr. Elizabeth did various forms of clerical work, including the management of two databases of records. She also assisted in the Mother Angeline Society and relieved on the switchboard. Sr. Elizabeth will be remembered as a gentle, charitable, and prayerful religious, always kind in her speech and actions and willing to perform whatever duties she was assigned.

With the passage of time we often recognize the many ways in which God uses both strength and weakness to fulfill His plans and purposes. So it was that He used Sr. Elizabeth Ann for a much needed purpose, just as He continues to use each of us. We give thanks that the Lord came with His Blessed Mother to bring her to the Father’s House on the First Saturday of May, and that Sr. Richard and I were allowed to say goodbye to her that morning.We trust that our very dear Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ann rests now in peace and perfect happiness.

 



R.I.P Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.

Friday, April 17, 2020 | Comments (5) | Permalink

 

Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.  passed to eternal life on the night of April 15, 2020 in the 71 st year of her religious life. Sr. Maureen was recuperating at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA following surgery for a fractured elbow when she suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Metro West Hospital where she later died.

Maureen Margaret Rochford was born on January 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary (nee Nolan) Rochford, both of whom were born in Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1949, and received the habit on March 19, 1950 taking the name Sr. M. Joseph Bernard and later returning to her baptismal name. She was professed on March 27, 1951 and made her final profession of vows on December 8, 1955. Throughout her religious life, Sr. Maureen was missioned in either New York or Massachusetts: Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1951-1952); Mt. Carmel Home, NYC (1952-1954); Josephine Baird Home, NYC (1954-1962); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1962-1980); Madonna Residence, Brooklyn, NY (1980-1995); and St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA (1995-2020).

Trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Sr. Maureen was a quiet, hard-working and very efficient Sister who ministered to residents of the West Building at Marian Manor and more recently in the area of employee health at St. Patrick’s Manor. Although we are saddened by her passing, we rejoice that the Lord whom Sr. Maureen served so faithfully called her Home during the Octave of Easter when- even in the midst of darkness and great suffering throughout the world - the faithful still sing Alleluia…and the Gates of Heaven are wide open!

 

 



R.I.P Sr. M. Therese of the Child Jesus, O.Carm.

Saturday, February 01, 2020 | Comments (4) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Therese of the Child Jesus O.Carm. died peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home on the night of Friday January 31 st a short time after returning from the hospital where she had been for tests. Sr. Therese was in the 76 th year of her religious life.

Rosemary Anne Foley was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 19, 1929 to William and Elizabeth (nee Houston) Foley.She entered the Congregation on May 14, 1944 a few months shy of her 16 th birthday, received the habit on September 8, 1944, professed first vows on October 3, 1945 and professed final vows on December 8, 1950.She was missioned at Mary Manning Walsh Home (1952-1954); Josephine Baird Home (1954-1960); St. Margaret Hall (1962-1964); St. Joseph’s Manor (1964-1966); Sacred Heart Manor (1960-1962, 1966-1969, 1986-2009); Garvey Manor (1972); Carroll Manor (1972-1986), and, of course the place “where it all began” St. Patrick’s Home (1945-1952,1969-1972, 2009-2020).

Sr. Therese had a great sense of responsibility and was appointed the First Assistant and/or Bursar in several of her Missions. For many years she ministered to the residents in the areas of social service and admissions and demonstrated a strong sense of duty in carrying out her many responsibilities. She had a joyful spirit even in sometimes difficult circumstances and was loyal and trustworthy in every regard. Sr. Therese had a warm smile and was quick to laugh and have fun with the Sisters. She was prayerful, gentle and pure of heart, a beautiful religious who loved the Lord and gave herself totally to Him.

Having worn the Carmelite scapular throughout her long and holy life, and having died late on a Friday night, we trust that Sr. M. Therese of the Child Jesus entered into glory very quickly - on this the “First Saturday” following her death - a faithful Carmelite truly worthy of the Sabbatine Privilege.May her soul rest in peace….until we meet again.

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WAKE:

Thursday, February 6, 2020

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

Bronx, New York 10463 

 

BURIAL:

Friday, February 7, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526

 




R.I.P Sr. Hope Therese Angeline Maring, O.Carm.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink


 

Sister M. Hope Therese Angeline, O.Carm. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19th at 1:27 a.m. at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where she had been admitted for surgical repair of a tear in her aorta on the night of January 4th.  Sr. Michelle Anne and Sr. Barbara Maloy were at her bedside when the Lord took Sr. Hope to Himself in the 8th year of her religious life and six days after her 33rd birthday.

Dianna Hope Maring was born on January 13, 1987 in East Strousburg, PA to John and Jo Ellen(nee Guba) Maring and raised in West Winfield, New York where her parents now reside.  Sr. Hope entered our Congregation on February 14, 2012, and received the habit on October 1, 2012. Her First Profession was on October 4, 2014 and her fifth renewal of vows was on September 8, 2019. Sr. Hope’s first mission was Carmel Manor where she served from October 2014 until her transfer to St. Patrick’s Manor in November 2017. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Sr. Hope was assigned to Activities, where her happy personality brought joy to the residents to whom she ministered. Though tiny in stature, she gave huge hugs to one and all.  A wiz at Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, Sr. Hope also loved to knit. More importantly, her purity of heart and love of the Lord flowed out from her in many ways, perhaps most evident by the depth and beauty of her poetry and other writings. In her beautiful reflection entitled My Thoughts on Joy Sr. Hope wrote: Joy comes from seeing everything as blessing, even suffering. No suffering lasts forever. God’s will and ultimate plan is for all of us to be happy in heaven with him.

Rest in peace, Sr. Mary Hope Therese Angeline. Like your patron, St. Therese, you were only in Carmel a few brief years, but the impact of your love of Christ and your vocation will stay with us forever. You will always be remembered with great love and affection.

WAKE:

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 01701

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

 Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Friday, January 24, 20202:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526

 




R.I.P Sr. Deirdre Mary Ferguson, O.Carm.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister Deirdre Mary Ferguson O.Carm. died unexpectedly on the evening of January 6, 2020 at Mary Manning Walsh Home, in the 40 th year of her religious life.

Deirdre Mary Josephine Ferguson was born on October 23, 1952 in Dublin, Ireland to William and Breda (nee Mullen) Ferguson. For several years during her childhood she lived in New Jersey, but returned to Ireland and trained as a nurse at St. Laurence’s Hospital Training School for Nurses. She entered the Congregation from Our Lady’s Manor on September 7, 1980 and received the habit on May 9, 1981 taking the name Sr. M. Deirdre of Jesus, later returning to her baptismal name.  Sr. Deirdre professed first vows on April 11, 1983 and final vows on June 1, 1991.

Sr. Deirdre’s missions included St. Joseph Nursing Home (1983-1985); St. Raphael’s Home (1985-1987; Our Lady’s Manor (1991-2001); Kahl Home (2001-2009); Little Flower Manor (2009-2010); St. Patrick’s Home (2010-2013); St. Margaret Hall (2013-2016); and Mary Manning Walsh Home (2016-2020). She practiced as a Registered Nurse in New York, Ohio, and Iowa, and also served the Congregation as Prioress, Assistant Prioress, and Bursar. Sr. Deirdre successfully completed the Geriatric Spiritual Care course in 2013 and while at Mary Manning Walsh Home assisted in Pastoral Care in the Calvary Hospice Unit and throughout the House, ministering to others by her presence and her prayers.

Always conscious of the needs of others rather than her own – sometimes to a fault - we rejoice in knowing that Sr. Deirdre Mary’s own needs are now fully and eternally met in the arms of our loving God, and that her immortal soul is filled with joy and peace forever!

WAKE:

Sunday, January 12, 20203:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Mary Manning Walsh Home

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

First Floor Parlor

1339 York Avenue

New York, New York 10021

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, January 13, 202010:30 a.m.

Mary Manning Walsh Home

 Viewing prior to Mass from

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Holy Family Chapel

BURIAL:

 Monday, January 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery  

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 

 



R.I.P Sr. M. Anthony Rosarie, O.Carm.

Friday, December 06, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Anthony Rosarie O.Carm. died peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home on the morning of December 5, 2019 in the 71 st year of her religious life.

Gloria DiOrio was born on August 25, 1929 in the Bronx to Thomas and Adeline (nee Zezza) DiOrio, who had immigrated to the United States from Italy. Sr. Anthony entered the Congregation on September 7, 1948, received the habit on March 20, 1949, professed first vows on April 12, 1950 and made her final profession of vows on December 8, 1954.

Sr. Anthony’s lengthier missions included St. Patrick’s Home (1950-1953,1960-1968, 1975-1977, and 1992-2019); Josephine Baird Home (1955-1959 and approx.1968-1975); Mt. Carmel Home (NYC) (1959-1960 and 1977-1980) and St. Joseph’s Manor (1980-1992). Sr. Anthony’s other mission assignments were all for very brief periods of time at Catholic Memorial Home, Our Lady’s Haven, and Cathedral Faculty House.

Sr. Anthony’s ministry was mainly in the clerical area, including personnel records clerk, resident billing, computer data entry, and various types of office work where she assisted with typing and filing. Her last 27 years were spent at St. Patrick’s Home, where to provide her with the care she needed, she was admitted to the nursing home in September of 2016.Sr. Anthony is survived by her sister, Emma Matarazzo, as well as nieces and nephews.

During these days of Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Lord on Christmas Day, let us also be mindful of His coming on the last day marked out for each of us. We trust that in the depths of her heart and soul, Sr. M. Anthony Rosarie was prepared to meet the Lord when He came, and that she now and forever abides with Him in peace and joy.

WAKE:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

Bronx, New York 10463 

 

BURIAL:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gate of Heaven Cemetery 

Hawthorne, NY