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Catechetical Forum in Monroe

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Mary Anne Dennehy, O.Carm.

On Saturday, along with Michael Guglielmo, I attended the Archdiocese of New York Catechetical Forum at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe where ArchCare was a sponsor/exhibitor. I had been unable to attend the session in the Bronx, but this was my second year in Monroe. In addition to distributing and discussing ArchCare program information, I was able to do quite a lot of networking and dissemination of vocation material and information on Venerable Mother M. Angeline Teresa. Our Carmelite Fathers Justin and Francis were presenters and novice Brother Von attended as a participant.


FALL Discernment Retreat 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink


  Date:  November 3-5, 2017  For Single Women Ages 18-40 



Daily Schedule Includes:
  • Holy Mass and Talks
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Evening and Night Prayer
  • Spiritual Direction (as available)
  • Time for Reflection, Prayer and Relaxation
Accommodations Include:
  • Chapel
  • Private Rooms
  • Lounge and Library
  • Spacious grounds overlooking the Hudson River for leisure walking and reflection.

Time of Arrival: Friday, NOVEMBER 3 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, NOVEMBER 3 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, NOVEMBER 5, after lunch 

Cost: $50.00 per person - Financial Assistance available upon request

Checks Payable to:  Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

RETURN TO:  Sr. Mary O"Donovan, O.Carm, St. Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526   Email:  

Tel No: 518-537-5000    Fax: 518-537-4725

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Fr. Ashley Harrington, O. Carm.

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Father Ashley is a member of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Ordained in 1967, he spent his first years of priesthood teaching in Carmelite high schools in the Midwest and Canada. He was then appointed Commissary Provincial for the East Coast and served two terms. Father Ashley then became pastor at Norwood Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Tenafly, New Jersey where he served for 16 years. He then moved to Manhattan and was engaged in retreat work and adult education. Fr. Ashley is currently the Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Englewood, New Jersey.




Meet Our New Vocation Director!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm.

I have been in Religious Life for the past 35 years.  I spent 16 years in New York after Final Profession of Vows and returned to Ireland to serve in Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin.  I spent 19 years working there as a licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist.  Earlier this year I received a call from our Mother General asking me if I would be willing to take up the post of Vocation Director for our Congregation.   Like the disciples in the boat, I felt the fear mounting as the rough waters of transition loomed in the distance.  The task ahead is huge but I know that there is a power within me greater than myself and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  I pray that in the days ahead the Spirit of the Lord may fall afresh on me, renew me, fill me and use me, so that I may become a source of living water where others can come and quench their thirst for Jesus. The great news about this work is that it is God’s work, not mine, and so “lower the nets for a great catch”.  Glory be to Him whose power at work in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or dream.

Moving Forward In Hope: Key to the Future

Friday, February 15, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 This Year of Faith and of New Evangelization proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is an appropriate time to think of and talk about vocation to Religious Life.  As the Universal Church enters further into the invitation of inner conversion by its members and of sharing the fruits derived from this experience to others, Religious Life is in the same way confronted by the invitation to self-examination, conversion and transformation, aimed at meeting the changing needs of the times.  In 2009, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) sponsored an in depth study of the current state of Religious Life in the United States.  The study yielded statistical information which became known as the CARA (Center for Applied Research in Apostolate) Study. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm conducted a workshop at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse on February 14, 2013 aimed at bringing the results of this study to the Congregation at large.  The program was designed to be part of a larger strategic plan to promote a climate of awareness and members participation in the challenging task of vocation work.  The all-day workshop is the first of many same meetings which will be held in the local houses of the Congregation.  The ultimate goal is to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the present and to develop best practices which will carry us on to the future- new memberships, renewed commitment to God, one’s religious community and  Ministry. We are grateful to have as presenters Holy Cross Brother Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C, and Sister Jeanne Gocha, C.S.J.

Sisters gathering for the "Moving In Hope" workshop.

  Words of Introduction and Welcome from Mother Mark Louis Anne, Superior General

   Brother Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C, was Presenter.

  Sister Jeanne Gocha, C.S.J, was Presenter.