Carmelite Events

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."


 


Carmel Manor Mass and Dedication

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Mother Mark, members of the General Council and other Carmelite Sisters attended the blessing of Carmel Manor's  new East Wing, the newly renovated St Joseph's Terrace and the outdoor memory garden.  The memory garden was donated by the Verst family.  Most Rev. Roger Foys of the Archdiocese of Covington, KY was the main celebrant.  Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, Kentucky is one of the Homes sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters.


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Visit from the Little Sisters

Sunday, April 16, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.

On April 10 – 12, 2017, twenty Little Sisters of the Poor from various locations within the Baltimore and New York Provinces came to Altoona, PA to attend a professional workshop, which was also being attended by Carmelite Sisters Sr. Jacinta Mary and Sr. Joachim Anne.

In the spirit of Hospitality, the Sisters were invited to attend daily Mass at Garvey Manor during their stay, and on the evening of April 11, they joined the Carmelite Sisters’ Community in Carmel Hall at Garvey Manor for dinner. It was very enjoyable to meet so many of the Little Sisters, to share stories and compare experiences from our mutual heritage through Mother Angeline Teresa. A few ‘French’ tunes were even sung – favorites of the Little Sisters and of our Foundress Mother Angeline Teresa.

 

 


 



Renewal Program 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On September 6 - October 1, the Annual Renewal Program for the  Carmelite Sisters will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The program runs for a month with Retreat being held at the last week of the program.  During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Session I opens with reflections on "The Wideness of God's Mercy: Year of Mercy and Saint Faustina" given to us by Sister Caterina Esselen, O.L.M .  Sister Caterina is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Sister Faustina belonged.  Sister has been proclaiming the message of Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes, schools and prisons.  On the second week of the program (Session II), Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. will speak on the topic of "Daughter of Carmel- Carmelite Spirituality in the Life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa."  Father Mario is the current Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and was recently appointed General Postulator for the Order of Carmelites effective 2017.  Reverend Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm . closes the program with his two-day talk on "The Carmelite Mystics ." Father Leo was a member of the Historical Commission for the Process of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause from 2004-2005.  For over 30 years, he has taught Carmelite history to the Novitiate in Middletown, NY.  During Session III, Sister Kelly Connors, P.M, JCD will be our speaker.  The title of her conferences is "Companions on the Journey- Tools for Successful Community Living."  Sister Kelly is a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, United States Province.  She serves as canonical consultant to various dioceses and religious institutes and speaks nationally and internationally on Canon Law and Religious Life.

The Renewal Program will close with a week-long Retreat preached by Reverend Peter DiMaria on October 1, Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2016- SESSION II: "DAUGHTER OF CARMEL- CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY IN THE LIFE OF VENERABLE MARY ANGELINE TERESA-    VERY REV. MARIO ESPOSITO, O.CARM.




SEPTEMBER 6-9, 2016: SESSION I: "THE WIDENESS OF GOD'S MERCY"- SISTER M. CATERINA ESSELEN, O.L.M

  Relic of Saint Faustina.

  Sister M. Caterina Esselen, O.L.M

  Participants of the 2016 Carmelite Renewal Program with the Temporary Vow Sisters

87th Year Anniversary of Foundation

Saturday, September 03, 2016 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa (center) and her Six Companions

In 1929, Mother Mary Angeline Teresa pioneered a different approach to the care of the elderly and infirm. In addition to fulfilling physical and spiritual needs, she stressed the importance of a home-like atmosphere that encouraged residents to maintain their personal sense of dignity and independence. To that end Mother Angeline founded a new religious community - the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. With six other Sisters she set about making her vision a reality. From this relatively new beginning the work of the Congregation flourished and the Community was invited to work in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and as far west as Iowa. We currently serve in 20 facilities in the United States and Ireland. Mother Angeline Teresa’s philosophy of care is the keystone of the Carmelite commitment. The Sisters labor to make each Carmelite Home a genuine haven of love and Christian joy, serving each guest as if ministering to Our Lord Himself. Through their lives of prayer and in concert with the dedicated men and women who share their commitment to serve the elderly, the Carmelite Sisters share the Gospel message with the people of God and bring His love and healing to the Aged entrusted to their care. We are grateful to God for the continued grace of being able to minister to our beloved residents.  In these times of vocational and healthcare challenges, we continue to hope and pray, that the work began 87 years ago will continue to bear fruit and flourish for the greater glory of God and His Church!

 

"Foundation Tree" displayed in the Sisters Dining Room to celebrate the day.

 

Cassandra Tritto is the artist of the "Foundation Tree" and current employee of St. Teresa's Motherhouse.  Great job, Cassandra!

 

Foundation Day Photo Board display outside the Sisters Chapel at St. Teresa's Motherhouse

 


Prayer Service on the Canonization of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin

Monday, October 19, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Therese, are now Saints of the Catholic Church! The Carmelite Sisters representing St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY and Teresian House in Albany, NY were invited to participate in a prayer service held at All Saints Catholic Church in Albany, New York on October 18, 2015.  The event was organized by Mrs. Janice Smircich.  Janice is a long time friend of the Carmelite Sisters and member of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause and Charism Commission.  The celebrant was Father Tom Lawless.

Garvey Manor Celebrates The Year of Consecrated Life

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.

   

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, Sisters from several religious communities serving in ministries in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown joined together at the invitation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at Garvey Manor, in Hollidaysburg on Saturday, September 19th for Mass, celebrated by Rev. Monsignor Paul D. Panza, followed by a luncheon.  Pictured are sisters who were present, representing the following Communities:  Carmelite Community of the Word, Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, Little Sisters of Jesus, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Ann, Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Not able to be present, but also serving in the Diocese are Sisters of Saint Joseph and Sisters of Saint Francis.

This recently was published in our local Catholic Newspaper, The Catholic Register.