Carmelite Events

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.



  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‚Äôs 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.






On The Road with Vocation Talk!

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

by Sr. M. Sean Damien, O.Carm.

Father Christopher J. Waitekus  (Father CJ), the pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Lenox, MA, St. Patrick’s Parish in West Stockbridge, MA and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Lenox Dale, MA wanted to make his parishioners more aware of the various Religious Congregations in the Church in celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life.  Father has been having a member of a different congregation speak at the Masses the first weekend of each month.  I was privileged to have been invited by Father CJ to speak the first weekend of May about the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm.  Father asked that I address the history and charism of the Congregation as well as my own vocation story.  Since I’d been to St. Ann’s on a few occasions I knew it was a very welcoming community making it easy to say yes to Father.  Father says five Masses each weekend; 3 at St. Ann’s; one each at the other two churches.  I spoke at four of the Masses.  There was a First Communion at the Mass at St. Vincent de Paul.  Father and I agreed the focus should be on that. 

The people were as welcoming as always and a great many thanked me after Mass for sharing our story and my story.  I was able to attend a “Coffee Hour” between the two Sunday Masses and visit with the parishioners.  They were very interested in what I had shared and in learning more about us.  Most people I spoke with thanked us for our service to the Church and as so often happens, commented on how nice it was to see a Sister in a habit.  Masses were well attended and it was particularly nice to see so many families worshipping together.  I spoke at a 4 PM Mass at St. Ann’s followed by a 5:30 PM at St. Vincent de Paul’s on Saturday and then a 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM at St. Ann’s on Sunday.  It was a pleasure and a privilege to share with this faith filled people the story of our Congregation.  I brought with me many of the printed materials we have about the Congregation as well as vocation materials.  Perhaps a seed will be planted in the mind of some young woman and we will see our first vocation from Mount Carmel Care Center at some time in the future!


Friday, September 25, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

It was reported that 20,000 people were gathered at New York City's Madison Square Garden on September 25th when His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass as part of his pastoral visit to the United States.  Among those present were five Carmelite Sisters- Sr. Christopher Jude, Sr. Helena Therese, Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Julie Michael and Sr. Melissa-  who braved the crowd and were thrilled beyond words to have this exceptional opportunity of being with the Holy Father during this very special event.  Sr. Pia Ignatius, ever quick with her camera, took these photos to share with her Carmelite Sisters!



Visiting Our Lady of the Martyrs Shrine, Auriesville, NY

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 by Sister Katherine Theresa Twitchell, O.Carm.

A "Homeless Jesus" was  on display at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs for the 130th anniversary of the North American Shrine in Auriesville, NY. Renewal Sisters, Novices and Postulant visited the shrine and were all very moved by the life size sculpture of the "Homeless Jesus." Timothy Schmaltz who is the artist of the statue was present at the celebration and telethon. Timothy explained that the sculpture which was inspired by the Gospel message in Matthew 25 suggests Christ being with the most marginalized in our society. This sculpture will be in its way to NYC next week to be blessed by Pope Francis.



Symposium on New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

A new book entitled "New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity" is now available for purchase at bookstores near you.  The book presents the analyses of data obtained from the 2009 NRVC/CARA study on religious life. The authors of the book: Dr. Mary L. Gautier is a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.  She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University.  Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN. is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, a professor of sociology and religious studies, and co-director of the Billiart Center for Social Justice at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has written extensively on Catholic parishes and religious life.

The Symposium held at the Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois on September 20, 2015 was the second of four scheduled gatherings in different states based on the findings presented in the book.  This event was attended by over 100 Sisters belonging to different religious institutes and NRVC Staff members.  The presentation included topics on The Changing Demographics of U.S Catholics and Institutes of Women Religious; Generational Differences among Women Religious; Where do we go from here?; Q&A and Panel Discussion with young religious women from four religious institutes.

I participated in the gathering along with Sisters attending the Sabbatical Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. IL.  We enjoyed the presentation and expertise of the authors as well as meeting new friends.  The next gathering of the same will be held October 10, 2015 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA and January 23, 2016 at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, CA.

New Book Based on Two Studies done on Religious LifePoster for the EventDr. Mary L. Gautier
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Brother Paul Bednarczyk, Executive Director of NRVCSr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Participants BreakPanel of Young Professed Sisters
Participants with Dr. Mary GautierDominican University, GroundsSymposium Hall

Tour of Garvey Manor

Saturday, September 19, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

by Sister Joachim Anne Ferenchak, O.Carm.

Administrator- Garvey Manor

Garvey Manor was selected by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference as one of three healthcare facilities from throughout the Commonwealth to showcase the excellence in Catholic Healthcare that is present in Pennsylvania.  A half hour tour was filmed to be show on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.  The walking tour is also available on Youtube and can be view through the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference website with the link below.

For those who have been to Garvey Manor, or those who have not had the opportunity to visit us, this is a nice way to see our facility and hear about our ministry.  We are very honored to have been selected to showcase or ministry and promote the Mission of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. 

Garvey Manor Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Saturday, July 04, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Garvey Manor, the nursing facility jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on June 26, 2015.  The Eucharistic liturgy was held at Saint Joseph Chapel at Garvey Manor with The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, as Main Celebrant.  The Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop Emeritus of the same diocese, concelebrated.

  The Old Villa Kazmaier Circa 1906 is now the Carmelite Sisters' convent.

Former Building Garvey Manor was replaced in 2003 when Sisters moved to new building.

Old Exterior 1999

Front Entrance

The Elk was cast around 1907 by John Kazmaier and placed at the entrance of his estate. It has stood on the property ever since.


L-R: Bishop Emeritus Joseph Adamec, Sr. Joachim Anne, Mother Mark,

Bishop Mark Bartchak

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop Alttona-Johnstown