Carmelite Events

Religious Jubilees 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 5, 2021, Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York celebrated 75th, 70th, 60th and 50th religious jubilees of our Carmelite Sisters.  We were privileged to have Reverend Monsignor Drake Shafer from the Diocese of Davenport, IA as our principal celebrant.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the Master of Ceremonies assisted by the Carmelite Brothers of the Saint Elias Province in Middletown, New York.  On this day, our Jubilarians renewed their religious vows first made several years ago, in the presence of their families, invited guests and fellow Sisters. It was a beautiful and inspiring testament of mutual love and fidelity- God's and his chosen soul.

We offer our heartfelt gratitude to all our Jubilarians who have given so many years and so much of themselves to the service of God, the Church and our religious Congregation!    

Jubilarians of 2021

75th Jubilee- 1946

Sr. M. Xavier Frances Marchiony, O.Carm.

70th Jubilee- 1951

Sr. M.Robert of the Infant Jesus Romano O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1961

Sr. M. Lois Joseph Baniewicz, O.Carm.

Sr. Barbara Francis Higgins, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Titus Joseph Ramsbottom, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Jacqueline Joseph Wagner, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1971

Sr. Marie Richard Carmel Brusca, O.Carm.

Sr. Diane Marie Mack, O.Carm.

PHOTOS COURTESY: Sr. Christopher Jude, O.Carm.


75th Jubilarian Sr. M.Xavier Marchiony70th Jubilarian Sr. M. Robert of the Infant Jesus Romano60th Jubilarians L-R Sr. M. Lois Joseph, Sr. M. Titus Joseph, Sr. M. Jacqueline Joseph
50th Jubilarians L-R Sr. Diane Marie, Sr. Marie Richard Carmel2021 JubilariansMother Mary Rose and Council Members with Rev. Msgr. Drake Shafer


Tuesday, June 01, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink


At 3:00 pm on Memorial Day 2021, the Carmelite Sisters participated in a national TAPS Across America event to honor our brave military men and women. We taped our short clip, taken from the steps of our chapel, and submitted it to CBS, as instructed. We kept our fingers crossed! We waited in anticipation, hoping that they pick our clip among the hundreds (or maybe even thousands!) other clips. And guess what? WE MADE IT! Watch the whole program. You can find us on marker 2:12!

Here's an excerpt and link from Norah O'Donnell's twitter post:

If you want to open it on YouTube, here is the link:


Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸


From the rooftops of our biggest cities to the country roads, Americans of all stripes joined together Monday for what is now an American tradition: Taps Across America.

⁦‪@SteveHartmanCBS⁩ is “On the Road” with those who came together in unison to honor military service members.
6/1/21, 7:01 PM



R.I.P Sr. M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel, O.Carm.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Comments (2) | Permalink



Sister M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel O.Carm. Although in failing health, Sr. Patricia passed into eternal life unexpectedly on Sunday evening, May 9, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Manor, at the age of 84 and in the 65 th year of her religious life.

Born Ann Marie Markey in New York City on June 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ellen (nee McKenna) Markey, both of whom were born in Ireland. In addition to her Carmelite Sisters, Sr. Patricia is survived by several close cousins.

Sr. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel entered the Congregation on February 2, 1956, professed first vows on September 30, 1957 and final vows on December 8, 1962. She had extensive training in the field of nursing, including a Master’s Degree and was the only Sister in the Congregation to ever reach the level of Nurse Practitioner, completing the necessary studies at Pace University.  Her most recent Missions were St. Patrick’s Home (1980-1996), St. Joseph Nursing Home (1996-2014) and St. Patrick’s Manor (2014-2021).

Sr. Patricia served on the Commission for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother M. Angeline Teresa for many years and often purchased materials from the Mother Angeline Society to promote Mother’s Cause. She was also a great promoter of vocations to our Congregation, generously distributing vocation materials wherever she went.  She was well read and took the time to mail articles on various subjects to Sisters whom she knew would be interested in the particular topic.  And, in a society where less and less value is placed on human life, Sr. Patricia was a very staunch defender of the Sanctity of Life from conception to natural death.  Outgoing, sociable, and a seasoned traveler, Sr. Patricia was full of love for her Community and for the aged and infirm residents she served throughout more than six decades as a Carmelite Sister.

It was fitting that the Lord called Sr. M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel to her heavenly home on Mother’s Day, where she experienced the joy of being reunited with her own dear mother, as well as the joy of looking upon the Mother and Queen of Carmel whose name she so proudly bore.


Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor 

863 Central Street 

Framingham, MA 01701 


V iewing prior to Mass

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:00 Noon

Cold Spring Cemetery (family plot)

Peekskill Road

Cold Spring, NY 10516

Due to COVID restrictions, please call Sr. Barbara Maloy at 914-388-3805 if you plan to attend any of the services.


R.I.P Sister M. Helen Rosarie, O.Carm.

Friday, April 30, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister M. Helen Rosarie O.Carm. passed away peacefully on April 29, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Manor in the 73 rd year of her religious life.

Rose Marie Helen Arakelian was born on October 19, 1932 to Krekor and Rose (nee Haytaian) Arakelian in North Attleboro, MA.Both parents were born in Armenia and later immigrated to the United States.  Having entered the Congregation on August 14, 1948, Sr. Helen Rosarie professed first vows on April 12, 1950 and final vows on December 8, 1954.  She graduated from St. Bernard’s School of Nursing, Chicago, IL as an R.N., later earning a BS in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Health Services Administration, and was a licensed nursing home administrator in Massachusetts and New York.

Sr. Helen lovingly and joyfully served the elderly in several mission houses, although her lengthiest assignments were at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1969-1979); St. Ann’s Home, Dover, NH (1980-1986); Marian Manor, South Boston, MA (1986-1992), Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1992-1999) and St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA. (2001-2021).  Found trustworthy in small matters, Sr. Helen was given greater responsibilities including the roles of Prioress, Administrator, and Assistant Administrator.

Her father’s occupation being that of a farmer, Sr. Helen liked to refer to herself as “the farmer’s daughter.”She loved her family and her Carmelite Community, enjoyed setting up for community events, loved to listen to music and was a good dancer.  She also loved walking on the beach for hours and picking up shells. Her catch phrase was “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”  Although she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and Sisters in Carmel, we trust that Sr. M. Helen Rosarie will remember all those whose lives she touched as she enters into the fullness of eternal life!


Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street 

Framingham, MA 01701


Viewing prior to Mass

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Wednesday, May 5, 2021 

Burial following the Mass

St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA



Carmelite Sisters Join St. Simon Stock Celebration

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

The Carmelite Sisters of Saint Patrick's Home joined the Carmelite Friars in their belated celebration of  the 100th anniversary of the Carmelite Saint , St. Simon Stock.  The celebration was held at Saint Simon Stock- Saint Joseph Parish in the Bronx. Given the difficulties brought  by the pandemic, the  celebration was delayed from its actual day on May 16, 2020 to March 2021. It was a lovely celebration and it was great hearing again our early history with our Foundress Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, her Six Companions, and the Carmelite Father Flanagan who assisted the young Community's affiliation to the Carmelite Order.

Present at the altar were: Most Rev. Peter Byrne, D.D (Principal Celebrant), Br. Daniel Shuller, O.Carm. (Master of Ceremonies), Main Concelebrants Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Car. (Prior Provincial), Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. (Pastor), Rev. Paul Richmond, O.Carm. (Parochial Vicar), Rev. Roberto Perez, O.Carm. (Prior) and Rev. Nelson Belizario (Former Pastor).  The relic of Saint Simon Stock was also presented.


EWTN Presents: Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa

Sunday, March 14, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

R.I.P Sr. M. Clare of the Holy Angels, O.Carm.

Friday, February 19, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Clare of the Holy Angels O.Carm. went to her eternal reward on the evening of February 15, 2021 in the 58 th year of her religious life.

Kathryn (Kay) Ellen Jagenow entered the world in Detroit, Michigan on December 19, 1942, one of eight children born to William and Clare (nee Kachnowski) Jagenow.  Sr. Clare entered Carmel on September 8, 1963, professed first vows on April 13, 1966, and professed perpetual vows on December 8, 1972.  In addition to Carmel Manor, she was missioned at Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1966-1967 and 1972-1973); St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati, OH (1967-1968 and1998-2018); Josephine Baird Home, NYC (1968); Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1968-1972); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester, NH (1972); Villa Teresa, Harrisburg, PA (1973-1982); and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY (1982-1998).

Sr. Clare received special training in Food Supervision and Management and was assigned as a cook at Avila for many years, providing countless meals to our Sisters and guests.  She was generous with her time and was always willing to take the Sisters out for a drive or to go shopping. While missioned at St. Margaret Hall, Sr. Clare served in the Medical Records Department, as the Assistant to the Prioress, and as the Bursar, and was well known for the numerous home-made cookies she baked for the Home’s Annual Fair. A member of the Community Choir, Sr. Clare freely shared her beautiful singing voice and was a very good organist.

May the Choirs of Angels come to greet our Sister M. Clare of the Holy Angels and speed her to paradise. May the Lord enfold her in His mercy and grant her eternal life.



Friday, February 19, 202 at 110:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY 41075


R.I.P Sister Edwin Thomas, O.Carm.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 | Comments (4) | Permalink


Sister M. Edwin Thomas O.Carm. passed away peacefully at Ozanam Hall on the morning of Monday, February 1, 2021 at the age of 101, and in the 82 nd year of her religious life. Although her health had slowly declined over the past few years, Sr. Edwin remained in the enhanced living convent where she was lovingly cared for by the Sisters and staff. On Sunday, the day before her death, Sr. Edwin’s much loved nephew, Rev. Edgar Debany S.J., anointed her.  Sr. Edwin was alert, responded to the prayers, and spoke with Father Edgar during their visit together.

Gladys Virginia Debany was born on November 4, 1919 in Aleppo, Syria, to Constantin and Bridgitte (nee Hindíe) Debany, and at some point after arriving in the United States resided in the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn, NY. Sr. Edwin entered the Congregation on March 16, 1939 less than 10 years after its founding. She received the habit on September 8, 1939, professed first vows on December 9, 1940 and professed perpetual vows on May 30, 1946. During her many years as a Carmelite, Sr. Edwin ministered to the elderly in homes in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and also served at Cathedral Faculty House. She served in various capacities including administration, bookkeeping, bursar, and resident coordinator. In many of her missions, she was appointed either the Superior or the First Assistant. Sr. Edwin had been missioned at Ozanam Hall since June 1, 1995.

Sr. Edwin loved sweets, candies, cookies, bananas, pasta, and warm ginger ale. She had a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and loved the Memorare. A gentle, quiet soul, Sr. Edwin had great faith in the power of prayer and was faithful to prayer even when she could no longer go to the chapel. Sr. Edwin was also faithful to the residents and up until the latter part of 2017 reported to the 10 th floor of Ozanam Hall (her floor) to visit her residents daily. She was loved by all – and the aides on the 10 th floor especially loved her!

A model of fidelity to the Charism of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Sr. Edwin’s long journey in Carmel has reached fulfillment and she now stands in perfect health, happiness and peace before the Lord who called her so many years ago. Mother Angeline surely rejoiced to welcome her faithful daughter to the company of all the saints. Sr. M. Edwin Thomas, intercede for your Sisters who are still on the journey!


Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

St. Kevin’s Church 

45-21 194th  

Flushing, NY 11358  

 Viewing prior to Mass from 9:45 a.m to 10:15 a.m  


Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526


Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa: Anniversary of Death and Birth 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters celebrated Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's 37th anniversary of death and 128th anniversary of her birth on January 21, 2021. The Eucharistic liturgy was offered by Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. Vice-Postulator of her Cause for Beatification and Canonization.  The event was held at St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  It was attended by the Avila Sisters and was streamed LIVE to the public. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and public safety guidelines, the McCrory family was not able to attend the celebration. It was with great anticipation and joy that the story of our Venerable Foundress was shown by EWTN on the same day in a program called "They Might Be Saints."  It is our hope and prayer that God will grant our great desire to have this woman, courageous in adversity, be numbered among the Saints of the Catholic Church and give glory to Carmel and the Universal Church! Father Mario's homily can be read below.

Father Mario Homily 2021 Father Mario Homily 2021 (304 KB)

Prayer for Advancement of Ven. Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause for Beatification and Canonization:

“Almighty and eternal Father, we thank you for the inspiration You gave to your daughter, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, to establish the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, and to provide loving care for countless elderly men and women with compassion and a respect for their dignity and a regard for life in all its stages. If it be Your gracious will, grant that the virtues of Mother M. Angeline Teresa may be recognized and provide a lasting example for your people. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen."

Photo Courtesy: Sr. Christopher Jude, O.Carm.


Celebration of the Birth and Death of Mother Angeline | January 21, 2021 from Avila Institute of Gerontology on Vimeo.

R.I.P Sister M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes, O.Carm.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes O.Carm. passed away unexpectedly at Ozanam Hall on the morning of January 5, 2021 in the 64 th year of her religious life. At the time of her death, Sr. Joseph was serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Ozanam Hall in Bayside, NY.

Catherine Cecilia Raymond was born on December 6, 1939 in New York City to Joseph and Catherine (nee Coughlin) Raymond. Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1957 at the age of 17, Sr. Joseph received the habit on March 2, 1958, professed first vows on April 20, 1960, and made perpetual profession on March 28, 1965. She generously served the elderly in the Homes she was assigned to in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan and New York.

In addition to graduating from nursing school, Sr. Joseph earned a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Social Services and a Masters in Gerontological Counseling. She was also a licensed nursing home administrator. In 1986 she was appointed the administrator of Ozanam Hall, and later served as CEO. Sr. Joseph was elected to the General Council at the Congregation’s 9 th General Chapter (1990) and elected Vicar General at the 10 th General Chapter (1996). In 1999, she undertook the challenge of starting the Carmelite System for the Aged and Infirm, and laid a strong foundation for the Carmelite System’s later growth.

Sr. Joseph had a beautiful singing voice, loved camping and fishing, and also had a fondness for hats and pockets! Although she would never have sought recognition for herself, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn submitted Sr. Joseph’s name to receive the Benemerenti Medal, and Pope Francis selected her to receive these Papal Honors which were awarded on September 19, 2020 for her “long time service to the People of God of the Diocese of Brooklyn.”

The Lord called Sr. Joseph from her youth to follow Him and blessed her with a strong faith, a brilliant mind, strong determination, a quick wit, and a loving heart. We owe her a debt of gratitude for all she has been to our Congregation, and above all we give thanks and praise to God for the life of our beloved Sister in Carmel, Sr. M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Saint Kevin's Church, 45-21 194th St.

Flushing, NY 11358

Viewing prior to Mass from 9:45 am to 10:15 a.m


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 AT 2:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa'[s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526