Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm. passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 at the Kahl Home in the 61 st year of her religious life.

Teresa Ann Kennedy was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 1938 to Thomas and Mary (Bergin) Kennedy. Her father was from Scotland and her mother was from Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, professed First Vows on October 2, 1958, and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows on December 8, 1962.

Sr. Teresa had many missions during her time in Community, among them Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1958-1962 & 1971-1974); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1963-1965, 1986-1991, & 2013-2017); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1965-1970) & Naperville, IL (1991-1998). She was also at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1998-2013) as either the Administrator, Prioress/Administrator, or Assistant Prioress/Administrator.

Sr. Teresa was fond of reading British mystery novels and watching old movies. Her favorite color was yellow, she preferred plain food (no salt and pepper), and cooked the very best steak and lamb chops.She loved to laugh, and she was often heard spontaneously raising her voice in song – even when nobody else was singing! May her special patron, St. Therese of Lisieux, and all the Carmelite Saints, open the gates of heaven to Sr. Teresa, as she spontaneously raises her voice with theirs in a song of joy that will never end!

WAKE:

Sunday, November 5, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

6702 Jersey Ridge Road

Davenport, IA 52807

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Memorial Mass – Avila Chapel (no casket) at 10:00 a.m.

Viewing:

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526

Committal Ceremony:

12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

 


 


R.I.P Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.

Sunday, October 08, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

 

Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.  passed away peacefully Thursday night, September 28, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Manor in the 65 th year of her religious life. 

Fidelis Mary Regan was born on January 12, 1934 in the Bronx to Charles and Catherine (Ahearn) Regan, who were both born in Scotland.  Sr. Fidelis entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, professed First Vows on May 3, 1954 and made her Perpetual Profession on December 8, 1958.

Sr. Fidelis was trained as a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She served in several missions but her strong leadership skills were exceptionally well utilized as Administrator of Carmel Richmond (1973-1982), St. Joseph’s Manor (1982-1987), The Pennsylvania (1987-1994) Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence (1994-2003), and Sacred Heart Manor (2003-2009), where she was instrumental in the successful transfer of ownership.  She received an Obedience to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in 2009 and was assigned to The Carmelite System as a consultant for building projects until her health began to fail.  She was briefly admitted to Teresian House and in August 2015 moved to the assisted living Convent at St. Patrick’s Manor.

Sr. Fidelis Mary loved history, reading, bagpipes, Ireland, the ocean, the opera, and “the old people”. May she who knew how to transform the brick and mortar of an empty building into a true home for the aged and infirm, now enter into her own true home and into the open arms of the Lord who has loved her with an unconditional and everlasting love!





Sister Irene Christopher Keene, O.Carm.- R.I. P

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Sister M. Irene Christopher, O.Carm. passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 6, 2017 in the 52 nd year of her religious life.

Julia Margarette Keene was born on September 2, 1945 in North Wildwood, New Jersey to the late Walter and Margarette (Schellinger) Keene. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Walter, and remained close to her sister-in-law, Sandra, who had visited during her illness. She is survived by her twin brother, Elden.

Sr. Irene entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965, professed first vows on April 15, 1968 and perpetual vows on July 22, 1974.  Her early assignments were all very brief and included St. Joseph’s Seminary, Sacred Heart Home, Madonna Residence, and Josephine Baird Home.  Her lengthier assignments were Ozanam Hall (1971-1986), Little Flower Manor (1986-1998), Villa Teresa (1998-2006), and finally, Carmel Manor where she had been since November 10, 2006.

Sr. Irene worked in activities for most of her religious life, but she spent the past 3 years providing pastoral care to the residents. She loved music, especially country music, and played both the organ and guitar. She also loved word puzzles, birds and all animals, especially “bunnies”. Material things meant nothing to her and she gave away everything she received. May the Lord’s words “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth….but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” ring true for all of us, as it did for Sr. Irene Christopher, who knew and understood that “where your treasure is, there is your heart.”

WAKE:

Wednesday, June 14, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mother of God Chapel  Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY41075

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Thursday, June 15, 201710:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

Fort Thomas, KY 41075

BURIAL:

Monday, June 19, 201711:30 a.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526

 


R.I.P Sister Elizabeth Eugene Costello, O.Carm.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Elizabeth Eugene, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick's Manor, Framingham, MA.  Sr. Elizabeth was in the 80 th year of her religious life, a very special Jubilee Year.

Margaret Ellen Costello was born on the West Side of NYC on December 29, 1919 to Owen and Elizabeth (Wilson) Costello who were from Ireland. On February 2, 1937, at 17 years of age, she was accepted into the Congregation by the now Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, and began a life of dedication to the aged and infirm in a Community that was eight years old at the time.  She made her Final Profession of Vows on December 9, 1942.

Her Vow of Obedience took Sr. Elizabeth to many places - some for brief periods of time - including Mt. Carmel Home, NYC; St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY; Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA, and Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI.Longer periods were spent at St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1950-1951 & 1954-1960); St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati, OH (1964-1979); St. Rita’s Home, Columbus, OH (1951-1954 & 1979-1985); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (1985-2006), and Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, Columbus, OH (2006-2014). Her final Obedience brought her to St. Patrick’s Manor (2014-2017).  Entrusted with leadership positions beginning in the early 1950’s, for many years Sr. Elizabeth served the Sisters and residents as Superior and Administrator. In her later years she ministered in Pastoral Care and was a peaceful, calming presence to all the residents she served.

A gentle, prayerful and gracious woman who loved her Community and her family, Sr. M. Elizabeth Eugene will always be a very important part of our Congregation’s history, and a true treasure to her Sisters in Carmel.  During her final days she could be heard speaking to Mother Angeline who welcomed her as a young girl into the Community eighty years ago. We know that Mother Angeline joyfully welcomed her faithful daughter once again!

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DERMOT COLE (SR. ELIZABETH'S NEPHEW)

WAKE:

Sunday, January 29, 2017  2:00 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:

Monday, January 30, 201710:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA 01701

BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 20172:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

Germantown, NY 

 


R.I.P Sister Julia Marie Connolly, O.Carm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

Sister Julia Marie, O.Carm. passed peacefully to eternal life on the morning of January 4, 2017 in the 59 th year of her religious life.  Sr. Brigid De Lourdes was with Sr. Julia at the time of her death, and was immediately joined by Sr. Michelle Anne and Sr. Maureen McDonough. The Sisters from St. Patrick’s Manor and Marian Manor were a supportive presence during the last few days.

Mary Connolly was born in Boston, MA on February 18, 1938 to John and Julia (Burns) Connolly, who had come to the United States from Ireland.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1958, Sr. Julia Marie professed first vows on June 9, 1961 and perpetual vows on April 17, 1966.   Her missions included Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Josephine Baird Home (NYC), Marian Manor (Boston, MA), St. Patrick’s Home (Bronx, NY) and St. Patrick’s Manor (Framingham, MA) where she was assigned from 1973-1997 and 2009-2017, and was a loving presence to the residents of both St. Patrick’s and Carmel Terrace.

Sr. Julia kept abreast of world events and politics, and often tuned in to Fox News.   More importantly, her love for the residents was evident because when a resident spoke to Sr. Julia, she gave that resident her undivided attention and made each one feel as though he or she was the only person in the world. Many confided in her, sharing their burdens and cares because they knew she was truly listening.  Sr. Julia Marie, affectionately called “The Jewel” by her Sisters, has left us for the longed for “pearl of great price” but will remain forever close in our minds and hearts.

 


R.I.P Sister Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm. went home to the Lord very peacefully in the very early morning hours of September 9, 2016 in the 71 st year of her religious life.  Although she was of advanced age and slowly failing, there was no indication that Sr. Veronica’s death was imminent.

Born on November 1, 1918 in the Bronx, NY to Eugene and Constance (DeBlasio) Ciarlante, Ella Rita Ciarlante, (known as Eleanor) entered the Congregation on September 7, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Home.Taking the name Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower, she received the Carmelite Habit on March 19, 1946, professed first vows on June 16, 1947, and made her final profession on October 3, 1951.

During her 7 decades in Carmel, Sr. Veronica ministered in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.She gave generously of herself to the apostolate in various capacities, including Dietary (she studied at the New York Institute of Dietetics), Housekeeping, Purchasing, and Administration.During her time at St. Rita’s Home in Columbus, OH (1969-1970 and 1985-1990), Sr. Veronica fulfilled the roles of Superior and Administrator, and was also appointed to the role of

Superior/Administrator for six of her seven years at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA, where she was stationed from 1990-1997. She stayed the longest period of time at St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY (1999-2009), followed by St. Patrick’s Manor (2009-2016) where she lived out her final years as a resident, and received loving care from our Sisters and staff.

Sr. Veronica loved to cook, especially Italian food, and was very proud of her Italian heritage. She always did her best in whatever she was asked to do, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.May the Lord whom she served so long and faithfully, now bring her into the joyous company of our Sisters who have gone before us.May Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower join them in praying for the blessing of good and holy vocations to our beloved Congregation.

WAKE:

Tuesday, September 13, 20162:00 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 10701-4892

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Wednesday, September 14, 201610:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526 


 


R.I.P Sister Maria Therese Valente, O.Carm.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister Maria Therese of Carmel, O.Carm. passed peacefully to the Lord on the afternoon of Thursday, August 18, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Residence, in the 66th year of her religious life. Having had a mastectomy on July 15th, Sr. Therese experienced complications which resulted in a steady decline of her medical condition. She returned to St. Patrick’s on August 15th to receive hospice care. The local Community had prayed the Liturgy of the Hours with Sr. Therese in the morning, and when she took her last breath she was lovingly surrounded by our Sisters and Msgr. John Dalton.

Born Mary Valente on June 24, 1930, Sr. Maria Therese of Carmel entered the Congregation on February 2, 1950, was professed on December 10, 1951, and made perpetual profession on December 8, 1955. Her missions included Sacred Heart Home (Chicago, IL), Carmel Manor (Fort Thomas, KY), Kahl Home (Davenport, IA), Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Ozanam Hall, (Bayside, NY), and St. Patrick’s Residence (Joliet and Naperville, IL)

Sr. Maria Therese was assigned to St. Patrick’s Residence (Joliet) on April 18, 1988 and assisted with the move to Naperville the following year. She always “worked the clinics” and had the role of First Assistant and Bursar until 2013. In recent years Sr. Therese used an electric scooter to get around the Home, and this led to her nickname “Hot Rod”, which was fondly bestowed upon her by the staff. She had a fondness for Rice Krispies which she always ate for breakfast, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was devoted to both her Carmelite family and her natural family. Diligent and conscientious in her duties, Sr. Therese always put everyone else’s needs before her own.

A loving and generous daughter of Mother Angeline Teresa, may Sr. Maria Therese of Carmel now enter the presence of the Lord whom she so faithfully served for more than six decades. We rejoice in knowing that she has moved on to a place even more wonderful than her beloved “Planet Naperville”,
and where she now experiences the glorious presence of the Lord whom she served so faithfully, and His Blessed Mother whom she so longed to see.

WAKE:

Sunday, August 21, 20162:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

1400 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, August 22, 201610:00 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

Naperville, IL 60563

BURIAL:

Monday, August 22, 2016  

Burial will follow the Mass

 Resurrection Cemetery  

Romeoville, IL 


 


 



R.I.P Sister M. Agatha Immaculate, O.Carm.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | Comments (6) | Permalink
 


Sister M. Agatha Immaculate Caruso, O.Carm. slipped away very peacefully into eternal life at Mary Manning Walsh Home in the early morning hours of April 25, 2016.  Sr. Agatha was in the 78th year of religious life. 

Ann Theresa Caruso was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 1918 to John and Grace (nee Russo) Caruso, immigrants from Italy.  The Congregation was only 9 years old when Sr. Agatha entered on March 16, 1938.  She professed first vows on September 8, 1939 and made her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1943. A true New Yorker and Daughter of Mother Angeline, Sr. Agatha was at St. Patrick’s Home in the Bronx during the early years, which was followed by a few other Missions before she was assigned to the “Old” Walsh Home on 59th Street (1960) and later on York Avenue.  Regardless of the site, Sr. Agatha filled many roles, which today would be described as Concierge, Gracious Hostess, Guide, Escort, Sacristan, Pastoral Care Worker, Gift Shop Operator, but most of all a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. She served with many Sisters but mainly worked with Mother Angeline, Mother Bernadette, and Mother Aloysius.  She attended the Grace Institute to augment her culinary skills, and many of the Sisters benefited from this!   Her generosity extended to many a child and, of course, to the Sisters – who didn’t leave the Gift Shop without a Werther’s butterscotch or Hershey bar. 

Her spirit of hospitality and service continued as she grew frailer – always a smile, a prayer, and of course, a song.  After spending a year at St. Patrick’s Manor (2009-2010) where she received loving care – she returned to Mary Manning, this time as a Resident, and knew she was home when she saw the skyscrapers in Manhattan.  Over the past few months she has been getting ready for her new Home, Heaven….still a smile, a prayer, and a song.  She was truly at peace and shared that peace with others.  Although we will miss her, she is Home with the Lord, rejoicing in her reward!

 

R.I.P Sr. Joseph Angela, O.Carm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Sister Joseph Angela, O.Carm. passed peacefully into eternal life on March 14, 2016 in the 67th year of religious life.  Having been blessed with “the gift of years” Sr. Angela’s death – even at 98 years old - was unexpected.  The Sisters were called when her condition changed during the night of March 13th, and Sr. M. Michelle Anne, Sr. Maureen McDonough, Sr. M. Brigid DeLourdes, and Sr. Bernadette Marie were at her bedside when the Lord took Sr. Angela to Himself.

Carolyn Christopher was born to Italian immigrants, Carl and Angeline (Caccese) Christopher, in Hazelton, PA on May 19, 1918.   She entered the Congregation on August 22, 1949, professed first vows on March 27, 1951 and made her final profession on December 8, 1955.  Sr. Joseph Angela was stationed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Iowa, Detroit, and Pennsylvania.  Of her many assignments, the lengthiest ones were Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA (1972-1991), and Villa Teresa, Harrisburg, PA (1991-2006).  As time passed and her health failed, she transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor (2006) where she resided in the assisted living section of the Convent, and was later admitted to the nursing home.

Throughout her various Missions, Sister Angela ministered to the residents in Activities, Nursing, and Pastoral Care, although she is best remembered for the many years she spent as a Dietary Manager, where you could “eat off the floors in her kitchen.”  While at Garvey Manor Sr. Angela established the Third Order Lay Carmelites which continues to this day.  She was also very dedicated to her “home parish” is Hazelton, PA where she remained a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Many will also recall that she loved the Jersey Shore and fried oysters!

In recent years, Sr. Joseph Angela’s passion was to fundraise for contributions toward the construction of the Mother Angeline Heritage Center, and she personally gave what she could toward this endeavor.  No doubt Mother Angeline and all our deceased Sisters met Sr. M. Joseph Angela as she approached the shore of Heaven, and joyfully welcomed her with open arms!

WAKE:  

Sunday, March 20, 2016    

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel                                                     

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 10701-4892

 MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

 Monday, March 21, 2016            

 10:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

 St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:         

Monday, March 21, 2016 AT 2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery                                                

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse  

Germantown, NY 12526                                                                                                         

 

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