On September 12, 2015, the Carmelite Sisters at St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York opened their doors to the public to locally celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by Pope Francis. Those who attended the event were introduced to the life and legacy of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa who founded the Congregation in 1929. Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm. delivered the historical background to the life of the Foundress and was then followed by the attendees spending an extended amount of time at the new Heritage Center which houses memorabilia and information on Venerable Mary Angeline. There was time to visit "shrines" found on the convent property using a map developed for the purpose. A "treasure hunt" was organized for the children attending to give the day a celebratory flavor. Those who came to enjoy the famed beauty of Avila-on-Hudson also found the quiet time to do just that. The event concluded with an Evening Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
On May 16, 2015, Feast of the Carmelite Saint Simon Stock, Mount Carmel Care Center (MCCC) held its Open House and Blessing. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield, MA was the celebrant. Mount Carmel Care Center is a facility sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters.
On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 14, the parish of St. Rose in Newtown, CT solemnly celebrated the second anniversary of the tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Mass began with the reading of names. As each victim's name was read, a bell tolled and a teen age parishioner would process up the aisle with a large votive candle, which was then lighted and placed on the altar. The original flame for these candles was flown in by private jet from Bethlehem and delivered to the parish by one of the first responders. Msgr. Weiss found it difficult to preach on the theme of the Sunday - joy - but reminded the congregation that together in Christ they were able to move forward even as they continue to grieve. His words struck such a chord that those present rose to give him a standing ovation. A hymn specially composed for the parish was sung by the four part choir at the Preparation of the Gifts, and after Mass Msgr. Weiss invited those present to light a candle at the outdoor memorial by the statue of Our Lady and ring one of the huge brass bells that had been donated by the Franciscan friars.
Attending this Mass was a powerful experience, and I assured Msgr. Weiss that he and the parish continued to be in our thoughts and prayers. As we prepare for the birth of the Light of the World may we keep in mind the darkness that still covers our world - the lack of respect for human life and the violence that has become a commonplace occurrence. December 14 is also, of course, the feast of St. John of the Cross, who spoke eloquently about the Dark Night of the Soul. Humankind seems to presently be in this dark night, and only the light and love of Christ can lift it from the gloom. Msgr. Weiss asked us to ring the bells loud and clear in the spirit of hope and determination. May we pray for the light to overcome the darkness and the joy of Christmas to reign in our hearts.
Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's 30th anniversary of entrance to eternal life was celebrated on January 19, 2014 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland at a special Mass offered by Archbishop Eamon Martin DD. A photo of the Venerable was blessed and given a place of honor in the Parish of Clonoe. We are grateful that Sr. M. Therese Eileen, O.Carm and Sr. Mary of Jesus, O.Carm were able to represent our Congregation at this event.
Reflections from the Homily given by Archbishop Eamon Martin DD
Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All Ireland
Mass of the Blessing of Picture & Shrine in Honor of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm
Parish of Clonoe, Co Tyrone
January 19, 2014
By Sr. Therese Eileen Mulvaney, O.Carm.
Archbishop Eamon Martin opened his homily by expressing delight at being invited to this very special event. He expressed his delight to celebrate the Mass of Blessing in honor of a woman who was a member of this local parish and is now on her way to Sainthood!
One hundred twenty years ago, a little girl was born in this parish and was baptized in St. Brigid’s Church in Brocagh, a few miles from where this parish presently stands. The girl’s name was Brigid. The family moved to Glasgow because of difficult family circumstances. When she was 18 years old, Brigid felt called to serve the Lord in religious life. She joined the Little Sisters of the Poor where she worked with the elderly. She was sent to the Motherhouse of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Paris where she studied.
Sr. Angeline was sent to New York, USA. It was there she felt a strong call to serve the aged and infirmed Americans who had no one to look after them. Sister Angeline talked to Cardinal Hayes about this and soon with several other Sisters founded another religious community- the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm. The Carmelite Sisters currently have 17 Nursing Homes in USA and one in Dalkey in Dublin, Ireland. The Archbishop was delighted to welcome two of Mother Angeline’s spiritual daughters who were able to attend the celebration- Sr. Mary and Sr. Eileen. The introduction was followed by a big applause from the congregation!
Mother Angeline was born on January 21st and died on the same day in 1984. Her community of Sisters very soon recognized there was something very special about this woman. They immediately started praying and working on her Cause for Beatification and Canonization. She was first declared Servant of God. On June 28, 2012 she was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Martin reminded the congregation of our universal call to be saints. His words were, “You and I, ordinary people, can become Saints.Pope Francis said recently to a group gathered in Rome, “I want you all to be Saints”.So I would ask you all to pray to Venerable Angeline, come in here and look at her picture and to ask her intercession for what you need.I hope that there will be girls from this parish who will feel called to follow in her footsteps of caring for the aged and infirm.”
The Archbishop then proceeded to bless the picture of Venerable Angeline Teresa and recited the intercessory prayers with the Congregation.