Carmelite Events

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

Sister Helena - Tuesday, February 02, 2021


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


Sr. Raphael Peregrine commented on 02-Feb-2021 03:59 PM
God grant her eternal peace 🙏��
Anonymous commented on 03-Feb-2021 09:48 AM
I lived with Sister Edwin at Mt.Carmel Home on West 54th Street in the 1950's, 1st assistant to Mother Marie. She was always a model of kindness and serenity.RIP
Sheila commented on 03-Feb-2021 02:52 PM
I. truly sorry for your loss
Marie R Martin commented on 06-Feb-2021 04:31 PM
Was so sad to hear of the passing of (Mother) Sister Edwin Thomas today! I was a young sister in the early 1970s and Mother Edwin was my first Superior at Saint Teresa's Manor in Manchester New Hampshire. Mother was the kindest, most generous, and charitable person I had ever met at that time. She always had a smile and a kind word. I can honestly say that to this day, nearly fifty years later I still feel this same way. I've met many people in this time but none have been as kind and gentle as she.
She is certainly one of God's angels now. God bless you, Mother Edwin the world will miss the likes of you! May your soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace, Amen.

Yours Truly,

Marie R. Martin
former Sr. Marie Joseph Carmel

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