Carmelite Events

Vocation Discernment Retreat

Sunday, November 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters hosted  its Vocation Discernment Retreat on November 4-6, 2016 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse.  There were 5 young women who participated from Atlantic City (New Jersey), Staten Island (New York), New Paltz, (New York), Ossining (New York) and Williamsburg (Virginia).  Monsignor Kieran Harrington was the Retreat Master and Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm. organized and guided the event.  The theme for this year's Discernment Retreat was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 64:8, "You are the Potter, We are the Clay."  Our guests participated in the liturgy, socials with the Sisters, faith sharing, spiritual consultation and Confession with Father Harrington, as well as private meetings with Sr. Mary O'Donovan, Vocation Director for the Carmelite Sisters.  There was also an opportunity to tour the Mother Angeline Heritage Center which houses the memorabilia of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Foundress of the Congregation.

The Sisters who shared lunch with the young women received a crash course on how to navigate the world of social media! It was a lot of fun!

We pray that God bless these young women in their discernment and lead them to the path He has chosen for each of them. During this week of National Vocation Awareness, we continue to pray to the Harvest Master to send vocations to our Community so that the Sisters mission and charism of care to the elderly will continue.

Discernment Retreat Weekend

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


  Date:  November 4-6, 2016  For Single Women Ages 18-40 



Daily Schedule Includes:
  • Holy Mass and Lectures
  • 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 4 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, NOVEMBER 4 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, NOVEMBER 6, after lunch 

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

Cost: $60.00 per person AFTER OCTOBER 21, 2016

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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Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V. E. is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.  He is responsible for overseeing the Diocesan Public Information Office, Government Affairs and Public Policy Office, the NET (a NYC Cable Station), as well as The Tablet ( a local newspaper).  He was appointed to this position in December 2006.  Before that he was Director of Government Affairs for the Diocese and a leader of early efforts to bring Education Tax Credit legislation to the forefront of public poilicy discussions in Albany.  Msgr. Harrington is the administrator of Saint Joseph's Church in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.  He graduated Cum Laude from Saint John's University with a degree in Philosophy.  Monsignor Harrington holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Master's of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.                                                 


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.

Vocation DIscernment Weekend

Sunday, November 09, 2014 | Comments (2) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters hosted a Vocation Weekend Retreat on November 7-9, 2014 at St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY.  Monsignor Kieran Harrington gave  powerful homilies on the need for  radical conversion of heart leading us to a full encounter with the person of Jesus.  The Saints of Carmel talk about this same radical call to discipleship which purifies us from petty attachments and false understanding of our religious calling.  The participants spent their two days of discernment enjoying the silence offered by St. Teresa's Motherhouse, inspiring talks, liturgy, and encounter with the Sisters.  Please   pray for the young women who continue to seek God's Will in their lives. May they find Him whom their hearts seek!

Morning liturgy with Retreatants & Avila Community
Christina Haines as music cantorMsgr. Kieran Harrington as Retreat Master
Presentation of Gifts

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.