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R.I.P Sister M. Anne Patricia, O.Carm.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister M. Anne Patricia, O.Carm. passed unexpectedly but peacefully to eternal life on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the 68 th year of her religious life.

Marie Julia Ruiz was born on June 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts to Benjamin and Anna (nee Murphy) Ruiz. Her father was originally from Guatemala and her mother was a native of Massachusetts. Sr. Anne is survived by her sister, Gloria Eisenhauer, of Lynn Massachusetts.

Sr. Anne Patricia entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952 and received the habit on April 30, 1953. She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1958. In 1962, Sr. Anne graduated from Manhattan Medical Assistants School as a Laboratory and X-Ray Technician, but throughout her many years in religious life, Sr. Anne’s ministry was mainly in the area of medical records. She was missioned in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Her lengthiest assignments were at Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1966-1975); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1978-1982); and Teresian House, Albany, NY (1982- 2013). In February 2013, Sr. Anne Patricia was admitted to St. Patrick’s Manor where the Sisters and staff lovingly provided for her physical, mental and spiritual needs.

A very sociable Sister and a real “people person,” for many years Sr. Anne kept in contact with Sisters, family members and friends by frequent letter writing. Although sad at her passing, we rejoice in her happy reunion with Mother Angeline Teresa and our beloved deceased Sisters. May they all join together in imploring Our Lord and His Blessed Mother to send many young women to join us in our Carmelite way of life.


Homegrown Story: Saint Patrick Home and "New Normal"

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick Home, Bronx, NY


The ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic dominates the headlines around the world. As the Carmelite Sisters, who serve our frail elderly in long term care facilities, we adjust to infection control guidelines established by federal and state authorities to protect our vulnerable residents. Saint Patrick Home does just that. Creative ways of conducting activities most important to our residents and making sure for continuity of care while implementing social distancing, a "new normal" has evolved as you can see from these photos!

Social Distancing while playing BingoSr. Kevin Patricia announcing Bingo televised with residentsResidents social distancing playing Bingo
Carmelite Sisters reciting the Rosary televised for Residents in their roomsSr. Luke Mary offers Spiritual Communion prayer in Spanish.
Sister Dianne crowns Our Lady televised for our Residents in their roomsSr. Bernadette Therese
Carmelite Sisters at the Crowning of Our LadySt. Patrick Resident crowning Our Lady
Staff member at Happy Mother's Day display
Pastoral Care and Recreation Team on Mother's DayServing ice cream on Mother's Day- The New Normal


R.I.P Sr. M. Elizabeth Ann, O.Carm.

Sunday, May 03, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink


Sister M. Elizabeth Ann O.Carm. passed to eternal life at 6:20 p.m. on May 2, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY. At the time of her passing Sr. Elizabeth Ann was in the 47 th year of her religious life.

Shirley Louise Soderquist was born on May 27, 1952 in Bridgeport, CT to Walter and Margaret (nee Doxsey) Soderquist, both natives of Connecticut. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Doughty.

After completing a 19 month course at The Butler Business School in Bridgeport, CT, Sr. Elizabeth entered our Congregation on September 8, 1973, professed first vows on March 25, 1976 and professed perpetual vows on April 19, 1982. She served at Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1976-1983); St. Ann Home, Dover, NH (1983-1985); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet and Naperville, IL (1985-1994); St. Raphael’s Home, Columbus, OH (1994-1996); St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA ( 1996- 2002); St. Joseph’s Manor, Trumbull, CT (2002-2006) and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2006-2020).

While missioned at Avila, Sr. Elizabeth did various forms of clerical work, including the management of two databases of records. She also assisted in the Mother Angeline Society and relieved on the switchboard. Sr. Elizabeth will be remembered as a gentle, charitable, and prayerful religious, always kind in her speech and actions and willing to perform whatever duties she was assigned.

With the passage of time we often recognize the many ways in which God uses both strength and weakness to fulfill His plans and purposes. So it was that He used Sr. Elizabeth Ann for a much needed purpose, just as He continues to use each of us. We give thanks that the Lord came with His Blessed Mother to bring her to the Father’s House on the First Saturday of May, and that Sr. Richard and I were allowed to say goodbye to her that morning.We trust that our very dear Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ann rests now in peace and perfect happiness.