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Homegrown Stories: Garvey Manor Award at Leading Age

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

By Holly Keller

Director of Development, Garvey Manor & Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence Center

We were honored Monday evening to attend the Great Minds Gala in Washington DC, where our very own Sandy Shocker was awarded the National Exceptional Friend award from LeadingAge. Sandy embodies the mission and values of Garvey Manor through her selfless acts of kindness for the residents. Sandy’s mother was a resident at Garvey Manor and has since passed away, however, she continues to visit Garvey Manor on an almost weekly basis. Sandy comes in on her own time to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special resident moments. Known among residents for the special touches, like festive napkins and table decorations, that she brings to celebrations — not to mention her festive garb and sparkly shoes — Sandy makes a difference in the quality of life of the residents. Sandy has taught us that you don’t need to move mountains to make a difference for our elders, you just need to show love for one another.

2018 Award Winners

Excellence in Dementia Care Program Award – St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.

Exceptional Friend or Family Caregiver Award – Sandy Schocker, Garvey Manor Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence

The Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award – Marcia Gay Harden

The Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award – Madison Cowan


 

Homegrown Stories: Called to Serve

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.

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By Carlos Briceño
March 2018 View more Humanitarian

It should not come as a big surprise that St. Patrick’s Residence, a nursing and rehabilitation facility for the elderly in Naperville, holds a party on St. Patrick’s Day every year. Labeled as “Come to Mom’s House,” with the color green on vivid display everywhere, the party offers lively entertainment, usually including Irish musicians, Irish and Scottish dancers, children’s games, face painting, food and raffle drawings. To top it off, St. Patrick himself even makes an appearance. READ FULL ARTICLE

Check out Saint Patrick's Residence website.

 


 

 


Texas Ministers of Care Training Program

Monday, March 12, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word graciously welcomed Sr. Peter, Sr. Michelle and Mother Mark to Villa de Matel while they were training potential Mother Angeline Ministers in Houston, Texas.The Sisters co-sponsor the Christus Health System of more than 600 centers in the US and internationally. They certainly went out of their way to make the Sisters feel at home on their lovely campus.

Training sessions for the Mother Angeline Ministries was held across town at St. Dominic Village, Houston's only Catholic retirement community. It too had a beautiful campus which encompasses a residence for retired priests, independent living facility, assisted living facility, and skilled nursing facility. They also have Angel House which provides temporary home for patients or family members receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center across the street.

Photos show training session in Houston, Texas for parishioners in the Houston/Galveston Archdiocese.





Homegrown Stories: Saint Teresa's Motherhouse

Friday, February 23, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On February 23, 2018,Very Rev. Mario Esposito offered Mass in Mother Angeline's chapel, which was recently refurbished.  After over thirty years, the walltex had begun to split, the ceiling paint was peeling, and there were uneven areas on one of the walls. This situation was hardly a challenge for Bill Clark and the Maintenance staff, who, in no time, added new sheet rock to the walls, scraped and painted the whole area and replaced the non -functioning air conditioner.  While the furnishings were removed, decision was made to change the orientation of the altar and add chairs instead of the pews previously in use (the pews will eventually be placed along the walls in the Heritage Center reflection room).  A new picture of Flos Carmeli and a credence table were added to Mother's chapel.  Her picture and the rest of the religious artifacts were rehung.  Sisters were invited to make a visit to the renovated chapel, and certainly visitors to Avila in the future are invited to do the same.



 



Homegrown Stories From Home: St. Patrick's Residence

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Songs to Remember from Naperville News 17 on Vimeo.

Story Contribution by Sr. Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.

A special Couple's Luncheon on St. Valentine's Day was held at Saint Patrick's Residence by the facility's Life Enrichment Team for its senior residents.  Saint Patrick's Residence is one of the many facilities sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

 



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.

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Celebrating Perpetual Profession of Vows

Monday, October 09, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On October 7, 2017, as the Universal Church celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sister Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm. professed Perpetual Vows as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm.The event was held at Saint Teresa’s Chapel in Germantown, New York. The Eucharistic liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany. Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm was Master of Ceremony. Present at the altar were other invited members of the clergy including Sr. Mary Josephine’s brother, Rev. Phillip Crowe.The Carmelite Sisters were delighted to welcome Sr. Mary’s friends and family members who traveled from Ireland to Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse to celebrate this joyous occasion. Congratulations, Sister Mary Josephine! May your life in Carmel be continually blessed with joy, graces and love for the Church and His elderly!

PHOTO COURTESY: SR. FIDELIS THERESE, O.CARM.





New Community of Sisters

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

Sr. Peter and I were invited to the Reception ceremony in Buffalo, NY, of our former Interns, Nicolette and Kristen, as well as Lindsay, who joined them later on. They are trying to form a diocesan community dedicated to the new evangelization. Bishop Malone is very happy to have potential religious dedicated to this apostolate. They are known as the Marian Franciscans, and will begin a canonical year of Novitiate with the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, Mother of the Church, in Bolton, Connecticut. Their Franciscan formation will be handled by the Franciscans TOR Sisters.

The ceremony was held in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Cathedral. The Bishop asked the usual questions, they processed out with their habits, changed and returned. They then received their religious names. They are very happy to take the next step. Keep them in prayer. “If it is of God, it will prosper.”

Names: Kristen – Sr. Anne Florence of Our Lady of Grace

Nicolette – Sr. Colette Caritas of Our Lady of Grace

Lindsay - Sr. Lindsay Joan of Our Lady of Grace

PHOTO COURTESY: MOTHER MARK

 



 

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Father Christopher Iannizzotto, O.Carm. Bids Farewell to St. Patrick's Home

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Janet Kibassa, Contributing Author

For the past ten years Fr. Christopher has faithfully served the residents and staff at St. Patrick’s Home. He offered Mass three times per week, brought the Sacraments to the sick, offered spiritual comfort to the residents who are at the end of life and support to their families. He also heard confessions and was in general a friend to all.

“Fr. Chris” as he was called, never refused to assist the Pastoral Care staff St. Pats even though he had a full schedule at St. Simon Stock, St. Josephs and teaching in St. Simon Stock School. He just love being a Carmelite Priest and coming to St. Patrick’s Home.  He was always very patient, kind, easy to talk to, and understanding even in the most challenging situations.  Fr. Chris always said “Sometimes we are all blessed in many ways and I am not sure who received more blessings, the people at St. Patrick’s Home or myself.”  Everyone at St. Patrick’s Home wishes “Fr. Chris” many blessings as he begin his new ministry at the church and school of St. Jude in Boca Raton Florida. We are all sad to see our much loved “Fr. Chris” leave us for his new assignment.

Thank you “Fr. Chris,” for all you have done for all of us and we will always keep you in our heart and prayers.

PHOTO COURTESY: ST. PATRICK'S HOME, BRONX, NY

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Father Chris celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's Home
Sr. Kevin Patricia and Fr. ChrisFather Chris with Resident at St. Patrick's Home


 

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Mother Angeline McCrory Manor Celebrates Nurses Week

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photos contributed by Kathy Drufke - Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

The Nurses Week was celebrated nationally on May 6-12, 2017.  The Nursing Staff of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and The Villas At Saint Therese were honored with a blessing of hands by Fr. Raymond Maher, O.Carm. and a special Italian luncheon. Gifts and a raffle were added to the enjoyment of all.  There were approximately 45 nurses in attendance. The Statue of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was dedicated and blessed as part of the celebration. The following was the prayer that Fr. Raymond Maher, O.Carm. offered for this dedication:

"Almighty and eternal God, it does not displease You that images of Your saints are sculpted or painted. For as often as we look on these images with our bodily eyes, so often do we consider the actions of Your saint with our mind's eye and ponder their sanctity for our imitation.Be so good, we beg of You, as to bless and sanctify this statue made in honor of Venerable Angeline Teresa McCrory, foundress of the Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm and the one to whose memory this home is dedicated. Grant that whoever in the presence of this statue humbly pays devout reverence to Mother Angeline may through her merits and intercession win grace in this life and everlasting glory in the world to come through Christ Our Lord. AMEN."