The philosophy of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was conceived and nurtured in the Charism of their Foundress, Mother M. Angeline Teresa. With the heart of a Mother and Foundress, supported by God's love and wisdom, she was inspired:

  • to identify the spiritual, personal and social needs of the elderly.
  • to initiate programs and services for them.
  • to clasp the hand of an aged person and give meaning to the autumn of life.
  • to form a religious congregation preparing the way for others who would be dedicated to the care and service of the aged.

Inspired by the Gospel message and the Charism of our Foundress, the philosophy of care of the Carmelite Sisters continues as a living reality as it is professed in the following statements:
  • Our belief is that each person is special, a unique being, created by the Almighty as the object of His personal love. Since life is a gift from God, the human person is worthy of respect and dignity in all stages-from conception to death- and entitled to quality in care of the whole person, body, mind and soul.
  • Our belief is that the concept of toal care embraces the physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs of all residents served, regardless of race, national origin, creed, sex, physical handicap, financial or social status.
  • Our belief is that each facility should provide the environment and atmosphere of a "Home." Personal warmth, love and care will reflect and give value and purpose to the resident's time and length of days. The spirit of hospitality so much a part of the Charism of our Foundress, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, should be the hallmark of each facility.
  • Our belief is to uphold the values and principles inherent in the teachings of Christ and in the medical and moral directives of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Our belief is that quality of operation can be maintained by the combination of religious and lay persons committed to the goals of a Christian Community. In providing compassionate care, Carmelite Sisters and all those persons complementing our ministry are accountable to strive for excellence in performance and adherence to professional and regulatory standards.
  • Our belief is that all who render services within the facility deserve to be treated with respect for their own personal worth and dignity. Those in managerial positions are entrusted with the obligation to provide staff with opportunities for professional and personal achievement and job security through fair compensation and good working conditions based on principles of social justice.
  • Our belief is that we sustain each facility as a viable organization within a pluralistic society; fulfilling our social, legislative, and community obligations, and insisting as a matter of conscience, that our expressed moral positions and corporate rights be upheld.
  • Our belief is that the healing ministry encourages all to acknowledge sickness, suffering and death as potential occasions of experiencing God. In these moments we strive to offer hope, healing and comfort.
  • Our belief is that we are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ, in that human life is precious and should be preserved whenever possible and that death is the prelude to eternal life.
  • Our belief is that we have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide pastoral care for all persons associated with our health care facilities-residents, families and staff. In the spirit of ecumenism, we respect the religious beliefs of those with whom and to whom we minister however we uphold our philosophy and mission.
We, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, affirm our philosophy of care and mission in the Church. As vowed religious, nourished and sustained by prayer, strengthened by community and committed to the legacy of our Foundress, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, we seek to witness to the healing ministry of Christ to all those entrusted to us.