Carmelite Events

New Postulants Enter Carmel

Saturday, September 08, 2018 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary, four young women joined the Carmelite Sisters and became the newest members of the Congregation!  The Entrance Ceremony was held at Saint Teresa's Chapel of the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York and was presided by Rev. James Hess, O.Carm.  The new Postulants were invested with the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and received the Congregation's Community Prayer book.  We welcome Sister Holly, Sister Morgan, Sister Doris and Sister Sharon to the great family of Carmel and wish them God's abundant blessings on their journey ahead!




Celebrating Perpetual Profession of Vows

Monday, October 09, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On October 7, 2017, as the Universal Church celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sister Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm. professed Perpetual Vows as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm.The event was held at Saint Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York. The Eucharistic liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm was Master of Ceremony. Present at the altar were other invited members of the clergy including Sr. Mary Josephine’s brother, Rev. Phillip Crowe.The Carmelite Sisters were delighted to welcome Sr. Mary’s friends and family members who traveled from Ireland to Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse to celebrate this joyous occasion. Congratulations, Sister Mary Josephine! May your life in Carmel be continually blessed with joy, graces and love for the Church and His elderly!


The Carmelite Institute Symposium 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Institute of North America held this year’s symposium at Loyola University in Chicago, IL on June 25-29, 2017.  Sr. Helena and Sr. Philomena traveled to attend this wonderful Carmelite event. The theme chosen was “Pope Francis Points the Way to Carmel.”  The Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudato Si” was the major point of reference for many of the speakers’ talks. The symposium was well represented by over 100 attendees of Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites, as well as Carmelite Brothers and Sisters in initial formation.  Our own Sr. Anthony, Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Lois Ann and Sr. Raphael from Saint Patrick's Residence in Naperville, IL were able to travel and to join us during one of the conference days! The Symposium opened with the Opening Remarks by Edith Matlock, Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute and the Welcome Address by Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm. Chairman of the Board and Prior Provincial of The Most Pure Heart of Mary. Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, Prior General of the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance, was present and opened the conference with his talk on “The Carmelite Family Responding to the Holy Father’s Initiatives in Renewing the Life of Our Church.” Several other speakers presented relevant topics as follows:

Father Vinko Mamic, O.C.D on “Biblical Backgrounds of Pope Francis’ Indications Regarding the Way of Carmel.”

Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD. A professor from Yale University shared her expertise on “The Promise of Laudato Si for an Integral Ecology.”

Fr. Donald Buggert, O.Carm. presented on the topic of “Pope Francis’ Challenges to Carmel.”

Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D presented his topic on “The Call of Pope Francis for an Integral Ecology and the Practice of Carmelite Humility and Detachment Today.”

Donna Orsuto, PhD. who spoke at our last Carmelite Symposium in Mundelein, IL and a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, presented on “Being the House of God in the Midst of the World- St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Pope Francis speak to the Laity.”

Fr. Daniel Chowning, O.C.D presented on “The Merciful Gaze of Jesus in the Spirituality of Pope Francis and the Carmelite Traditions.”

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J, Editor in Chief of America Magazine, provided the Jesuit context in his talk “Pope Francis The Jesuit.”

Fr. Tracy O’Sullivan, O.Carm. presented on “The Gifts of Pope Francis and St. Teresa: Evangelization and Contemplation.”

Brother Patrick Mullins, O.Carm. member of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland presented on “The Carmelite Rule (1247) and Pope Francis on the Implications of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

It was an honor for the Carmelite Institute to have Cardinal Blasé J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrate Mass during one of the symposium days. The last day of the Symposium was a banquet held in honor of the late Father Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. who passed away in August of last year and was President of the Carmelite Institute since its inception.





The National Shrine of Saint Therese

On June 22, three days before the Carmelite Institute Symposium started, Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena took a day to visit the newly renovated National Shrine of Saint Therese in Darien, IL. They attended Holy Mass and was given a special tour of the newly opened replica of the cell of St. Therese by one of our Carmelite friars, Father Bernie, O.Carm. The door of her cell and the floor tiles from the Saint’s anteroom where she met with her novices were originals donated by the Lisieux Carmel to the shrine. It was an awesome feeling to be touching the door where St. Therese probably held herself up as she entered her cell during those times that she suffered intense exhaustion from her illness!


Vietnamese Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Father Mario extended an invitation to the Formation Team to attend a huge Vietnamese gathering at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY on July 1, 2017.The event was held to formally open the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang established at the shrine’s grounds.  Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena attended on behalf of Sr. Mary (vocation director) who is currently in Ireland for the SALT Program and opened a table for our vocation brochures and Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa’s biographical pamphlets translated in Vietnamese. You can see from the photos the huge number of participants coming from Canada, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere!




Welcome Sisters!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Our Sisters in Temporary Vows with their Director invited the Novitiate and Sr. Mary O'Donovan (Vocation Director) for a great dinner-out and some fun. Twice a year the Temporary Vow Sisters return to the Motherhouse from their respective Mission Houses for a week of prayer, community and conferences. Seated from front left: Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Maureen Paul, Sr. Hope Therese, Sr. Philomena Anne (novice). Seated from front right: Sr. Catherine Angeline, Sr. Mary (vocation director), Sr. Lois Ann (director of temporary vows), Sr. Luke Mary and Sr. Mary Josephine. Not pictured: Sr. Helena of Mary (novice director).

Reception of the Carmelite Novice

Sunday, February 14, 2016 | Comments (3) | Permalink

On February 14, 2016 at 9:30 am, on the First Sunday of Lent, the Carmelite Sisters received a new novice, Sr. Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy, O.Carm.  The Reception Ceremony was held in private at St. Teresa’s Chapel located at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Father Paul Denault, O.Carm. was the celebrant.  The Reception Ceremony is held after the Postulant completes her eight months of living the life of the Congregation.  She is then received into the Congregation as a Novice and given the Carmelite habit, her religious name and the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation.

We join Sr. Philomena Anne in this happy occasion and pray that her journey in Carmel will be blessed and bear abundant fruits for the glory of God!




The Carmelite HabitOur Lady of Mount CarmelSr. Melissa at Prayer
The Reception Ceremony bookletFr. Paul Denault welcomes the Postulant
Fr. Paul blesses the new NoviceAvila Sisters congratulate Sr. Philomena Anne
Sr. Philomena Anne with Mother Mark, Fr. Paul and Council
Postulant Director Sr. Lois Ann with NoviceSr. Philomena Anne with some members of Formation teamSr. Lois Ann, Sr. Philomena Anne and Sr. Helena of Mary
Novices with their FormatorsSr. Pia Ignatius (senior novice) and Sr. Philomena AnneOur New Novice Sr. Philomena Anne
Sr. Philomena spent postulancy with Sr. Michelle MooreSr. Brigid and Sr. Michelle spent mission with Sr. PhilomenaSr. Philomena Anne with Sr. Helena of Mary (Novice Director)
Refectory Set-upReception Cake
Sr. Philomena Anne cuts her cake

Human Sexuality Workshop

Monday, February 01, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sr. Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

A Religious Formation workshop entitled "Healthy Sexual Integration in Religious Life" was held at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC on January 29-30, 2016.  The presenters were Fr. Quinn Conners, O.Carm and Dr. Kathy Galleher.  Both presenters are psychologists who have worked at the St. Luke Institute (a psychological treatment center for men and women religious)  and have been co-presenting this workshop to various inter-community novitiates for more than 10 years.  This two day workshop focused on sexual integration in consecrated life for men and women preparing for religious life. It approached sexuality from a holistic psychological perspective and stressed the importance of self-awareness, self-acceptance, integration, and integrity for healthy life-giving celibacy. The workshop  included sections on  psychosexual integration, , human development, and healthy relationship skills and boundaries.  Practical skills for dealing with loneliness, desire, and attractions as well as for deepening relationships inside and outside community were presented.  The workshop had educational, self reflection, and discussion components.

Our novice Sr. Pia Ignatius along with her director, Sr. Helena of Mary, and Sr. Mary Vianney, O.Carm, participated with the Carmelite novices of the Saint Elias and Most Pure Heart of Mary Provinces.  There were also novices from the Congregation of the Marian Helpers, the Pallotines, along with their Formators.

On Sunday, January 31st, we attended Mass and toured  the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It was an opportunity we could not miss and were thankful for!


Carmelite Sisters Welcome New Postulant

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On this very special day, Solemnity of the Trinity, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm welcome their new Postulant, Sr. Melissa Schill.  The Entrance Ceremony began shortly before the Sunday liturgy at St. Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York. Mother Mark Louis Anne Randall, O.Carm, Prioress General, officiated and was assisted by Sr. Lois Ann Wetzel, Postulant Director.  Sr. Melissa was received into the Congregation by making the Act of Consecration to Our Lady followed by the reception of the brown scapular of Carmel and the Community prayer book.  In the readings according to the Rite of Enrollment, we were reminded of the meaning and significance of the brown scapular as part of the Carmelite heritage and the call of living in allegiance to Jesus Christ under the guidance and protection of Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel.

Melissa Schill comes to us from Lynchburg, Virginia.  Her parents are Joseph and Denise Schill.  Sr. Melissa is first of three children with her sister Kelly and brother Tony. Prior to her joining the Carmelites Sr. Melissa was a certified nurse assistant and medi-tech in an assisted living facility.

We welcome Sr. Melissa and wish her God’s blessings as she starts her life in Carmel!

Mother Mark begins the CeremonyMother Mark invites Melissa to Act of Consecration to Our LadyMelissa recites Act of Consecration
Sr. Lois speaks about the ScapularReception of Brown Scapular
Mother welcomes and congratulates Sr. MelissaThe Avila Sisters congratulated Sr. Melissa
Sr. Melissa with General CouncilSr. Melissa with Formation SistersSr. Melissa with Sr. Julie Michael and Sr. Pia Ignatius
Sr. Maria Therese, vocation director, with Sr. MelissaSr. Lois Ann Wetzel, Postulant Director, with Sr. Melissa

"The Sisterhood": A Carmelite Review

Thursday, November 27, 2014 | Comments (12) | Permalink

by Sr. Jean Davis, O.Carm

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm can be so proud of their part in the Lifetime Channel show “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”  I am personally so very pleased that my religious community reached out courageously to participate, along with two other communities, in a reality show that could re-define future reality productions. 

Courage was a key element when our Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, stepped forward to found a new religious community devoted to the care of the aged and infirm. 

In 1929, the Congregation was the first American community founded solely to care for the elderly.  Now, eighty-five years later, our leadership has courageously stepped forward to accept the challenge of a reality show - something never before attempted by a religious community.

The hope that our Sisters could demonstrate the joy, peace, love and support to be found in religious life is enhanced by the words of Pope Francis who encouraged us to evangelize at every opportunity and by the courage of our Superior General, Mother Mark, who believes in moving beyond our personal “comfort zone”.

After discussion, reflection and prayer, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm committed to a TV production with unknown outcome.  Members of our religious community supported the decision to proceed with the courage that has carried us since our foundation, knowing that the benefit of sharing our daily life with all its ups and downs, may be the needed resource during this Year of Consecrated Life that might awaken in the heart of a young woman the urge to ask “What does God want me to do with my life?” 

This review was also posted on our Formation Blog under "A Sister's Page"

First Profession of Vows

Sunday, October 05, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the First Profession of Vows of the four Novices- Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline, Sr. Maureen Paul Angeline, Sr. Luke Mary Angeline and Sr. Mary Hope Therese Angeline.  The Eucharistic celebration was held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY on October 4, 2014.  We are grateful for the presence of The Most Reverend Harry Joseph Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as the main celebrant.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the Master of Ceremony and Homilist.  Also con-celebrating were Rev. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm., Rev. Xavier Santiago, Rev. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm. Rev. Joseph Nguyen Do, O.Carm., and Rev. Joseph Finch, Chaplain of St. Teresa’s Motherhouse.

The excitement and joy of the occasion were not dampened by the wet and cold rainy day.  As families, invited guests and friends made their way to the Chapel, the smiles and congratulations were seen and heard everywhere.  It was truly a grace-filled day for all present.  How wonderful it was to experience once again the memory and joy of that special day in each of the Sisters lives when she gave herself to God in the profession of religious vows! This was the day the Lord has made- truly it was- and there was reason to rejoice!

The highlights of the day were the taking of the black veils symbolizing the status of a professed Sister; and the giving and receiving of the newly-professed Sister’s “Obedience” or Mission assignments.  When the moment finally arrived, each of the newly-professed went up to the microphone and announced their Obediences:  Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline- Kahl Home in Davenport, IA; Sr. Luke Mary Angeline- Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, KY; Sr. Maureen Paul Angeline - Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg, PA; and Sr. Mary Hope Therese Angeline- Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, KY.

We congratulate our Sisters and assure them of our prayers as they leave for their new Missions.  We hope that they find joy and fulfillment as well as receive many blessings as they give themselves to the service of God and His Church!

First Profession 2014 First Profession 2014 (298 KB)

Black Veil and ConstitutionFormula of Religious VowsFormula of Religious Vows
Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa-FoundressMain AltarSr. Julie Michael prepares for Mass
General Council with Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline FamilySr. Hope Therese Angeline FamilySr. Francis Patrick & Sr. Maria Therese-Choir
Entrance ProcessionEntrance ProcessionEntrance Procession
Entrance ProcessionEntrance Procession
Sr. Hope Therese Angeline FamilySr. Mary Catherine Angeline Family
Soon to be professed SistersGospel ProclamationWhat do you desire?
Archbishop Harry Joseph FlynnArchbishop Harry Joseph FlynnHomilist Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline professes First VowsSr. Mary Catherine Angeline professes First VowsSr. Luke Mary Angeline professes First Vows
Sr. Luke Mary Angeline professes First VowsSr. Maureen Paul Angeline professes First VowsSr. Maureen Paul Angeline professes First Vows
Sr. Hope Therese Angeline professes First VowsSr. Hope Therese Angeline professes First VowsMother Mark hands Black Veil and Constitution
Novices processed out with white veilsSisters processed in with Black VeilsArchbishop congratulates newly professed
Archbishop congratulates newly professedMother Mark congratulates newly professedArchbishop congratulates newly professed
The Congregation applauds Newly ProfessedSr. Mary Catherine Angeline and Sr. Hope Therese AngelineSr. Maureen Paul Angeline and Sr. Luke Mary Angeline
Prayer of the Faithful by Sr. AnthonyOffertoryArchbishop Harry Joseph Flynn closing remarks
RecessionalRecessionalAfter Mass Gathering
Sr. Luke Mary Angeline FamilySr. Hope Therese Angeline FamilyProfession Cake
Profession CakeFr. Sunny Matthew, O.Carm. for Opening Prayer
Fr. Ashley Harrington offering toastMother Mark - Superior General
Sr. Cyril Methodius - Novice DirectorSr. Luke Mary Angeline goes to Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KentuckySr. Maureen Paul goes to Garvey Manor, Altoona, PA
Sr. Hope Therese goes to Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KYSr. Mary Catherine goes to Kahl Home, Davenport, IASr. Hope Therese Angeline Family
Sr. Joachim Anne, Sr. Jacinta Mary, Sr. Ann, Sr. Maureen Paul and guestsSr. Luke Mary, Sr. Michelle Anne, GuestsSr. Luke Mary Angeline Family
Sr. Luke Mary Angeline FamilySr. Mary Catherine Angeline FamilyCarmelite Fathers- Fr. Mario, Fr. Joseph and Fr. Sunny

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Carmelite Brothers Profess Simple Vows

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On June 9, 2014, Brother Joseph Thinh Tran, O.Carm. and Brother Francis X. Hai Pham, O.Carm. of the Saint Elias Province professed Simple Vows in a ceremony at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa gave the homily.  Sr. Cyril Methodius, Sr. Pia Ignatius and Sr. Julie Michael attended to represent the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.


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L-R: Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Cyril Methodius & Sr. Julie Michael