Carmelite Events

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).

First Profession of Vows 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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 in Kahl 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!


Coellist  Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Violinist AntoniaEntrance Procession
Rev. George Houck, O.Carm.Carmen Klohe First ReaderAlexander Klohe Second Reader
What do you desire?Fr. Greg gives his homily

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

More Photos to Follow





Novitiate Events

Friday, September 19, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink
The Formation Team had much to celebrate during the past few days following the General Chapter. The Senior Novices- Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Maureen Paul, Sr. Luke Mary and Sr. Hope Therese- were busy with their socials and prayer services as they say their final "Thank Yous" and "Goodbyes" before October 4th- the day of First Profession of Vows! To add to the excitement was the fact that the Novice Director, Sr. Cyril Methodius, was also elected to the General Council.
The four Novices will leave the Motherhouse to begin their new assignments in the Homes the Carmelite Sisters operate.  Meanwhile, Sr. Pia Ignatius and Sr. Julie Michael, our First Year Novices, were more than happy to help out. Enjoy the photos!

The "Gratitude Social" for Mother Mark, Sr. Patricia Margaret & Sr. Anthony:

"Congratulations, Sr. Cyril"

Sr. Luke Mary Garden Duty

Sr. Pia Ignatius Baking

Sr. Maureen "covering" the Prioress

Last Day of Class with Fr. Joseph Finch

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.


Simple Profession of Vows.Friars Simple Profession of Vows.Friars (305 KB)


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

Reception of Novices

Friday, April 04, 2014 | Comments (1) | Permalink

If our Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, was alive on March 30, 2014 she would have beamed with a smile full of gratitude to God, for the two Postulants who received the holy habit of Carmel! That brings our number of Novices to six! What a grace!

As the Universal Church celebrated Laetare Sunday, Sr. Rebeca Klohe and Sr. Julie Corcoran entered the next phase of their religious formation. They happily received the Carmelite habit and were formally accepted into the Congregation as two of its newest members. They also received their religious names and chose for their religious title the category of “de la Cruz (“Of the Cross”), henceforth, our new Novices will be known as Sr. M. Pia Ignatius de la Cruz, O.Carm., and Sr. M. Julie Michael de la Cruz, O.Carm. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. Prior Provincial of Saint Elias Province in Middletown, New York conducted the Reception Ceremony and celebrated the Sacrifice of the Mass.

We ask your prayers for Sr. Pia Ignatius and Sr. Julie Michael as they begin their lives as Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. We wish them happy years in Carmel!


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Cover of Reception Ceremony ProgramFather Mario incenses the Carmelite habit.The new Novices enter the Chapel wearing the Holy Habit of Carmel.
Mother Mark gives Sr. Rebeca her religious name: Sr. Mary Pia Ignatius de la CruzMother Mark gives Sr. Julie her religious name: Sr. Mary Julie Michael de la CruzFather Mario blesses the Novices with holy water.
Mother Mark welcomes the Novices.Avila Sisters welcome the Novices!Sr. Maria Therese (Vocation Director)  did the First Reading.
Sr. Lois Ann (Postulant Director) did the Second Reading.Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm.proclaimed the Gospel.Sr. Cyril Methodius (Novice Director) read the Prayer of the Faithful

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