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R.I.P Sister M. Benigna Consolata, O.Carm.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Benigna Consolata, O.Carm.

On the morning of Thursday, June 21, 2018 while sitting in her chair, fully clothed in her habit, waiting for a Sister to take her to meet her Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus came for Sr. Benigna Himself and took her to the Beatific Vision instead. She was in the 82 nd year of her religious life, and approaching her 102nd birthday!

Marie Bernadette Palmiere was born on September 2, 1916 in New York City to Rosario and Carmella (nee Dottoli) Pinizzotta. Entering the Congregation on June 19, 1936, less than seven years after its founding, Sr. Benigna received the habit on March 13, 1937, made her first profession of vows on March 17, 1938 and professed perpetual vows on December 9, 1942.  Her first mission was Mt. Carmel Home, NY (1938-1958) after which she served at St. Joseph’s Seminary and Mater Christi Seminary.  Her many other missions included Marian Manor, Carmel Hall, Carmel Manor, St. Mary’s Home, Lourdes Residence, St. Rita’s Home, Catholic Memorial Home, St. Patrick’s Manor, The Pennsylvania, Mary Manning Walsh Home, St. Raphael’s Home, and Madonna Residence.  Sr. Benigna was missioned at St. Patrick’s Home in June of 1995 where she remained until her death.  During that time she enjoyed going to the Activities Department and spending time visiting the residents.  She was loved very much by all, and during her later years was well cared for by the Sisters and staff of St. Patrick’s Home.

Sr. Benigna Consolata lived a full life and kept the Sisters laughing. She was always interested in knowing about vocations to our Congregation and prayed fervently for this intention.  She loved to sing and dance, and at her 80 th Jubilee in 2016 - with a little help from her Sisters - Sr. Benigna danced joyfully in celebration.  Now her joy will know no bounds as she sheds the burden of her years and leaps for joy as she dances before the Lord!

WAKE:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463

 

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, June 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

Bronx, New York 10463 

 

BURIAL:

Monday, June 25, 2018

1:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, New York 12526

 

 



R.I.P Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption, O.Carm.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption, O.Carm. passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2018 in the 68th year of her religious life.

Gloria Louise Besozzi was born on April 3, 1928 in Wainwright, OH to Serafino and Mary Assunta (Lupi) Besozzi. Entering the Congregation on August 14, 1950, Sister Serafino made her first profession on April 15, 1952, and professed final vows on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1957.  Her missions included Mary Manning Walsh Home (1962-1970), St. Rita’s Home (1970-1979), St. Margaret Hall (1979-1985), Garvey Manor (1985-1990), St. Patrick’s Home (1990-1997), and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1997-2014).  On August 26, 2014 she returned to her “Home-State” of Ohio and was admitted as a resident to Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, where she would be in close proximity to her family.  Sister Serafino received excellent care from the staff of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and was lovingly looked after by our Sisters.

In her ministry to the aged and infirm, Sister Serafino was appointed the Superior and/or the Administrator of the majority of the Homes where she was assigned, and did her best to perform the duties that were asked of her.  A talented musician who loved to sing, Sister Serafino played the organ and piano beautifully, directed the Community Choir, and taught the Sisters many hymns and songs. She also had a competitive streak that was obvious to anyone with whom she played cards!

As she enters the courts of heaven, may Sister M. Serafino of the Assumption be surrounded by the choirs of archangels, angels, cherubim and seraphim as she joins her voice to theirs in singing Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

WAKE:

Friday, April 13, 20184:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

5199 Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43213

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Saturday, April 14, 201810:00 a.m.

 St. Joseph’s Chapel

Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

Columbus, OH 43213

 

BURIAL:

Saturday, April 14, 2018  

 Calvary Cemetery (Family Plot)

Delaware Drive SE 

New Philadelphia, OH 44663 

 



R.I P Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 


Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm. passed away at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA on January 7, 2018 in the sixty-sixth year of her religious life.

Rosemary Heaton was born on December 20, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Sarah Agnes (Sutkevich) and Trueman John Heaton.  She entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, received the habit on April 30, 1953 taking the name Sr. M. Francis Patricia, and later returning to her baptismal name.  She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and perpetual vows on December 8, 1958.

Among her many missions, Sr. Rosemary spent several years in West Palm Beach, Florida: Lourdes Residence (1962-1967 and 1973-1975) and The Pennsylvania (1980-1989).  She then served at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1989-1994) and Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1994-1995) before being assigned to her final mission at St. Patrick’s Manor in 1995.  In her later years, Sr. Rosemary was a resident of the nursing home but, as late as last week, continued to spend her afternoons helping in Medical Records.  She was a great community person and an ambassador of good will around the Manor.  She also enjoyed making cards on her computer and now and then taking The Ride to Walmart, Staples and her other favorite stores, topped off by an Italian sub at Subway.  Sr. Rosemary had great devotion to the Infant of Prague, and despite her failing condition was faithful to daily Mass and Days of Recollection with the Sisters.

As the Lord manifested Himself to the Wise Men at the Epiphany, may Sr. Rosemary know the fullness of joy as she meets Him face to face.

WAKE:

Wednesday, January 10, 20182:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 01701

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Thursday, January 11, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA

BURIAL:

Thursday, January 11, 2018St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA

 


R.I.P Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm. passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 at the Kahl Home in the 61 st year of her religious life.

Teresa Ann Kennedy was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 1938 to Thomas and Mary (Bergin) Kennedy. Her father was from Scotland and her mother was from Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, professed First Vows on October 2, 1958, and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows on December 8, 1962.

Sr. Teresa had many missions during her time in Community, among them Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1958-1962 & 1971-1974); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1963-1965, 1986-1991, & 2013-2017); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1965-1970) & Naperville, IL (1991-1998). She was also at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1998-2013) as either the Administrator, Prioress/Administrator, or Assistant Prioress/Administrator.

Sr. Teresa was fond of reading British mystery novels and watching old movies. Her favorite color was yellow, she preferred plain food (no salt and pepper), and cooked the very best steak and lamb chops.She loved to laugh, and she was often heard spontaneously raising her voice in song – even when nobody else was singing! May her special patron, St. Therese of Lisieux, and all the Carmelite Saints, open the gates of heaven to Sr. Teresa, as she spontaneously raises her voice with theirs in a song of joy that will never end!

WAKE:

Sunday, November 5, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

6702 Jersey Ridge Road

Davenport, IA 52807

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Memorial Mass – Avila Chapel (no casket) at 10:00 a.m.

Viewing:

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526

Committal Ceremony:

12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

 


 


R.I.P Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.

Sunday, October 08, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

 

Sister Fidelis Mary Regan, O.Carm.  passed away peacefully Thursday night, September 28, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Manor in the 65 th year of her religious life. 

Fidelis Mary Regan was born on January 12, 1934 in the Bronx to Charles and Catherine (Ahearn) Regan, who were both born in Scotland.  Sr. Fidelis entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, professed First Vows on May 3, 1954 and made her Perpetual Profession on December 8, 1958.

Sr. Fidelis was trained as a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She served in several missions but her strong leadership skills were exceptionally well utilized as Administrator of Carmel Richmond (1973-1982), St. Joseph’s Manor (1982-1987), The Pennsylvania (1987-1994) Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence (1994-2003), and Sacred Heart Manor (2003-2009), where she was instrumental in the successful transfer of ownership.  She received an Obedience to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in 2009 and was assigned to The Carmelite System as a consultant for building projects until her health began to fail.  She was briefly admitted to Teresian House and in August 2015 moved to the assisted living Convent at St. Patrick’s Manor.

Sr. Fidelis Mary loved history, reading, bagpipes, Ireland, the ocean, the opera, and “the old people”. May she who knew how to transform the brick and mortar of an empty building into a true home for the aged and infirm, now enter into her own true home and into the open arms of the Lord who has loved her with an unconditional and everlasting love!





Sister Irene Christopher Keene, O.Carm.- R.I. P

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Sister M. Irene Christopher, O.Carm. passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 6, 2017 in the 52 nd year of her religious life.

Julia Margarette Keene was born on September 2, 1945 in North Wildwood, New Jersey to the late Walter and Margarette (Schellinger) Keene. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Walter, and remained close to her sister-in-law, Sandra, who had visited during her illness. She is survived by her twin brother, Elden.

Sr. Irene entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965, professed first vows on April 15, 1968 and perpetual vows on July 22, 1974.  Her early assignments were all very brief and included St. Joseph’s Seminary, Sacred Heart Home, Madonna Residence, and Josephine Baird Home.  Her lengthier assignments were Ozanam Hall (1971-1986), Little Flower Manor (1986-1998), Villa Teresa (1998-2006), and finally, Carmel Manor where she had been since November 10, 2006.

Sr. Irene worked in activities for most of her religious life, but she spent the past 3 years providing pastoral care to the residents. She loved music, especially country music, and played both the organ and guitar. She also loved word puzzles, birds and all animals, especially “bunnies”. Material things meant nothing to her and she gave away everything she received. May the Lord’s words “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth….but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” ring true for all of us, as it did for Sr. Irene Christopher, who knew and understood that “where your treasure is, there is your heart.”

WAKE:

Wednesday, June 14, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mother of God Chapel  Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY41075

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Thursday, June 15, 201710:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

Fort Thomas, KY 41075

BURIAL:

Monday, June 19, 201711:30 a.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526

 


R.I.P Sister Elizabeth Eugene Costello, O.Carm.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Elizabeth Eugene, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick's Manor, Framingham, MA.  Sr. Elizabeth was in the 80 th year of her religious life, a very special Jubilee Year.

Margaret Ellen Costello was born on the West Side of NYC on December 29, 1919 to Owen and Elizabeth (Wilson) Costello who were from Ireland. On February 2, 1937, at 17 years of age, she was accepted into the Congregation by the now Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, and began a life of dedication to the aged and infirm in a Community that was eight years old at the time.  She made her Final Profession of Vows on December 9, 1942.

Her Vow of Obedience took Sr. Elizabeth to many places - some for brief periods of time - including Mt. Carmel Home, NYC; St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY; Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA, and Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI.Longer periods were spent at St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1950-1951 & 1954-1960); St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati, OH (1964-1979); St. Rita’s Home, Columbus, OH (1951-1954 & 1979-1985); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (1985-2006), and Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, Columbus, OH (2006-2014). Her final Obedience brought her to St. Patrick’s Manor (2014-2017).  Entrusted with leadership positions beginning in the early 1950’s, for many years Sr. Elizabeth served the Sisters and residents as Superior and Administrator. In her later years she ministered in Pastoral Care and was a peaceful, calming presence to all the residents she served.

A gentle, prayerful and gracious woman who loved her Community and her family, Sr. M. Elizabeth Eugene will always be a very important part of our Congregation’s history, and a true treasure to her Sisters in Carmel.  During her final days she could be heard speaking to Mother Angeline who welcomed her as a young girl into the Community eighty years ago. We know that Mother Angeline joyfully welcomed her faithful daughter once again!

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DERMOT COLE (SR. ELIZABETH'S NEPHEW)

WAKE:

Sunday, January 29, 2017  2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 01701

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 201710:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA 01701

BURIAL:

Monday, January 30, 20172:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

Germantown, NY 

 


R.I.P Sister Julia Marie Connolly, O.Carm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

Sister Julia Marie, O.Carm. passed peacefully to eternal life on the morning of January 4, 2017 in the 59 th year of her religious life.  Sr. Brigid De Lourdes was with Sr. Julia at the time of her death, and was immediately joined by Sr. Michelle Anne and Sr. Maureen McDonough. The Sisters from St. Patrick’s Manor and Marian Manor were a supportive presence during the last few days.

Mary Connolly was born in Boston, MA on February 18, 1938 to John and Julia (Burns) Connolly, who had come to the United States from Ireland.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1958, Sr. Julia Marie professed first vows on June 9, 1961 and perpetual vows on April 17, 1966.   Her missions included Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Josephine Baird Home (NYC), Marian Manor (Boston, MA), St. Patrick’s Home (Bronx, NY) and St. Patrick’s Manor (Framingham, MA) where she was assigned from 1973-1997 and 2009-2017, and was a loving presence to the residents of both St. Patrick’s and Carmel Terrace.

Sr. Julia kept abreast of world events and politics, and often tuned in to Fox News.   More importantly, her love for the residents was evident because when a resident spoke to Sr. Julia, she gave that resident her undivided attention and made each one feel as though he or she was the only person in the world. Many confided in her, sharing their burdens and cares because they knew she was truly listening.  Sr. Julia Marie, affectionately called “The Jewel” by her Sisters, has left us for the longed for “pearl of great price” but will remain forever close in our minds and hearts.

 


R.I.P Sister Rosemary Ann Rubocki, O.Carm.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister Rosemary Ann, O.Carm. died peacefully late in the evening of November 18, 2016 with the Sisters and her family present.  Sr. Rosemary was in the 34 th year of her Religious Life.

Rosemary Ann Rubocki was born on January 13, 1950 in Joliet, IL to Paul and Elizabeth (Elias) Rubocki.  She originally received the Habit on March 30, 1970 but left before making final profession.  After five years she entered again on June 4, 1982, professed temporary vows on June 5, 1983 and professed perpetual vows on December 8, 1984.  Always responding to a call to Carmel, Sr. Rosemary also spent time in a Carmelite Monastery and a Carmelite Hermitage as a transfer Sister.

Sr. Rosemary’s assignments included St. Joseph’s Manor, Villa Teresa, Ferncliff Nursing Home (1985-1991), St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2003-2007), St. Margaret Hall (2007-2013), and was twice at  St. Patrick’s Residence, most recently since 2013. Over the years she served as Prioress, Assistant Administrator, Postulant Director, and Community Archivist, during which time she assisted in preparing the documentation needed to advance the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa.  Having been trained as a Social Worker, Sr. Rosemary was the Director of Social Service while at St. Patrick’s Residence the first time.  During her second assignment there, as she carried the cross of illness, she again tapped into her social work training by extending a listening ear to residents and families and offering them her prayerful support.

All the Carmelite Saints and all the Carmelite Souls have welcomed Sr. Rosemary Ann into the heavenly kingdom, and we rejoice in knowing that she now beholds for all eternity the face of the Living God.

WAKE:

Monday, November 28, 20162:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel(with Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.)

St. Patrick’s Residence

1400 Brookdale Road

Naperville, IL 60563

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Tuesday, November 29, 201610:00 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

St. Patrick’s Residence

Naperville, IL 60563

BURIAL:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 

Burial will follow the Mass

 Resurrection Cemetery  

Romeoville, IL 


 


R.I.P Sister Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Veronica of the Little Flower, O.Carm. went home to the Lord very peacefully in the very early morning hours of September 9, 2016 in the 71 st year of her religious life.  Although she was of advanced age and slowly failing, there was no indication that Sr. Veronica’s death was imminent.

Born on November 1, 1918 in the Bronx, NY to Eugene and Constance (DeBlasio) Ciarlante, Ella Rita Ciarlante, (known as Eleanor) entered the Congregation on September 7, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Home.Taking the name Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower, she received the Carmelite Habit on March 19, 1946, professed first vows on June 16, 1947, and made her final profession on October 3, 1951.

During her 7 decades in Carmel, Sr. Veronica ministered in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.She gave generously of herself to the apostolate in various capacities, including Dietary (she studied at the New York Institute of Dietetics), Housekeeping, Purchasing, and Administration.During her time at St. Rita’s Home in Columbus, OH (1969-1970 and 1985-1990), Sr. Veronica fulfilled the roles of Superior and Administrator, and was also appointed to the role of

Superior/Administrator for six of her seven years at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA, where she was stationed from 1990-1997. She stayed the longest period of time at St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY (1999-2009), followed by St. Patrick’s Manor (2009-2016) where she lived out her final years as a resident, and received loving care from our Sisters and staff.

Sr. Veronica loved to cook, especially Italian food, and was very proud of her Italian heritage. She always did her best in whatever she was asked to do, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.May the Lord whom she served so long and faithfully, now bring her into the joyous company of our Sisters who have gone before us.May Sr. M. Veronica of the Little Flower join them in praying for the blessing of good and holy vocations to our beloved Congregation.

WAKE:

Tuesday, September 13, 20162:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel      Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 10701-4892

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Wednesday, September 14, 201610:00 a.m.

 Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00 p.m.

 Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526