Carmelite Events

Garvey Manor News Article

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution:  Sr. Joachim Anne, O.Carm. (Garvey Manor Administrator)

On December 12, 2017, Garvey Manor  was featured as the Non-profit focus by the Blair Chamber of Commerce in an article in the Altoona Mirror.

Please see attachment below. 

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Event: Grand Opening Neurodegenerative Care Ferncliff Center

Friday, April 14, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Daily Freeman News

The Carmelite Sisters attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Ferncliff’s Center for Neurodegenerative Care in Rhinebeck, NY. His Eminence celebrated Mass and blessed the Center during the grand opening ceremony for the residents, family members, caregivers and community leaders. You can find coverage of the event by visiting the following links:

1. Daily Freeman…/cardinal-dolan-helps-dedicate…

2. Poughkeepsie Journal…/cardinal-do…/100324128/…/video-cardi…/100388540/


Avila Institute of Gerontology: US Training Program

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 Originally published on  Shared with permission


A group of women religious from China may turn out to be innovators of a very particular kind — and that has everything to do with China's changing demographics.

Six Chinese sisters from five different congregations recently completed a 120-hour Geriatric Spiritual Care certificate program through the Avila Institute of Gerontology, the educational arm of the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm. The Avila Institute compressed a four-month program into four weeks, said Fr. Timothy Kilkelly, the coordinator of the Maryknoll China Education Project. "People can't come for four months, so compressing the program was a great service to us." READ FULL ARTICLE

NEWS : WIN for Little Sisters of the Poor

Monday, May 16, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


 Photo Courtesy:  The Becket Fund Website

The following statement was taken from The Becket Fund Website:

"Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Supreme Court vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the government’s admission that it could meet its goals of providing the free services to women without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan. The Court also ordered the lower Courts to help the government choose an alternative method of providing the services that does not require the participation of the Little Sisters."  FULL ARTICLE

Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Hearing

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

    by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

The morning of March 23rd dawned warm and sunny.  Unlike the Hudson valley, flowering trees  were starting to blossom in Washington, D.C..  It was perfect weather for a rally, and one had been planned months in advance for the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court case.

At the invitation of CMSWR, Sisters from California, Nebraska, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and other areas converged at the Little Sisters home on Tuesday, March 22 for an evening supper and briefing by the Becket Fund staff.  They explained in detail the reasoning in the case. While the Federal Government granted an accommodation to religious organizations to have contraceptives and abortifacients paid for by the government and administered by the Sisters’ health plan under a separate section, this arrangement still remains ethically tied to the Little Sisters.  Their refusal to sign the accommodation subjects them to fines of 70 million dollars per year.  Curiously, large corporations such as Chevron, Exxon and Pepsi and grandfathered in and exempted.  In addition, the US Military and some large cities do not have to abide by the contraception mandate. So, one in three employer plans are already exempt.  The Becket Fund argues – why can’t religious organizations such as the Little Sisters be exempt as well.  Contraceptives could be provided by government health insurance exchanges and leave religious groups to follow their consciences.  That is an obvious win-win for all.

Sr. Mary Rose, Sr. Cyril, Sr. Jean Davis and I attended the rally, representing the Carmelite Sisters in the spirit of Mother Angeline, who would want us to support her beloved Little Sisters.  We had a lovely ride down on Amtrak, and were welcomed overnight at the Paulist Center.  Buses brought us to the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, and we had placards and were in chant and song mode by 8:30 a.m. in front of the steps.  (We were not allowed on them.)  Planned Parenthood had a rally next to ours, but the two groups kept to themselves and were peaceful.  There were representatives from other religions with us, some of whom were part of the court case, and many college students as well. Our own Stacey Jackson was also in attendance.  About 10:30 we had a series of speakers talk briefly about the issues.  One was the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, who spoke passionately and read a Scripture passage.  At 11:30 the oral arguments were over, and Little Sisters leadership along with the Becket attorneys came out of the Court building and down the steps to be interviewed by the press. There was a surge of cheers and song greeting the Sisters, and they felt the love and support of all.  We then proceeded to a lunch sponsored by the Becket Fund at which we shared the table with the Provost of East Texas Baptist University, who gave us a school pin and a blessing to send us on our way.  We then moved quickly to Union Station for the ride home. Carrying one of the signs with us, we were given thumbs up by a number of people in the street and on the train. 

Our Sisters felt very blessed to be part of this event and were given hope by the warmth and support of so many people – especially the youth, some of whom were at the Court by 6:30 a.m.  Please pray that the Court finds in favor of the Little Sisters so they can continue their ministry in peace.  That is their great hope.




Pope Closes the Year of Consecrated Life

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo courtesy: News.Va

Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive extracts of the Holy Father's extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica he will celebrate the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life.



Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Year of Mercy was officially launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015 as the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Father opened this year-long celebration by opening the "holy door" of St. Peter's Basilica.  The event was reported by BBC News and you can read their news coverage HERE.

To honor this event, the Diocese of Albany, New York designated Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, home of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, to be a pilgrim shrine. The "Holy Door" was blessed by Fr. Gavin, OFM with the Carmelite Sisters present. 

The following are different listings of the designated "Holy Door" according to State locations:


Photos courtesy: Sr. Fidelis Therese, O.Carm.


The following is the Holy Father's Bull of Indiction for the Year of Mercy ("Misericordiae Vultus")

Bull of Indiction for Year of Mercy 2015-2016 Bull of Indiction for Year of Mercy 2015-2016 (158 KB)

News Article on Father Mario's Visit to Ireland

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Photo: Irish Independent News

Father Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was recently in Clonoe, Ireland to promote the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  The event was covered and posted on The Irish Independent News by Sarah MacDonaldYou can read the article here. 


Saint Luke Productions Presents

Sunday, September 13, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters are proud to host a special presentation by Saint Luke Productions on "Therese: The Story of a Soul" on September 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  This event will be held at St. Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, New York. 

The performance is complimentary for Religious.  A free will offering from the public is appreciated.

For more information, see the poster provided below.


Story of A Soul Productions Poster Story of A Soul Productions Poster (840 KB)

Father Mario Visits Clonoe, Ireland

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink




Fr. Benedict Fee     (photo:   Irish News)                                         Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.

A VATICAN-appointed miracle investigator is travelling to rural Co Tyrone to search for evidence of a new saint.

Fr Mario Esposito will visit Clonoe parish outside Coalisland on Sunday as part of his investigations into the life of the Venerable Mother Mary Angeline.

Born Brigid Teresa McCrory and originally from Brocagh, Mother Angeline founded an order of nuns who cared the elderly and infirm in New York.

Efforts towards the nun's canonisation gathered pace in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI declared her 'venerable' – one of the steps on the path to sainthood.