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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!

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

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.

BURIAL

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 

Burial following the Mass

St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA

 


 


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.

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

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!

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

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  

BURIAL

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

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526

 


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.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

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

BURIAL

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

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa'[s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526



R.I.P Sr. M. Virginia Aloysius, O.Carm.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

Sister M. Virginia Aloysius O.Carm. passed away peacefully during the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Mary Manning Walsh Home, where she had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care since April of 2017. Sr. Virginia had recently turned 96 years old and was in the 62 nd year of her religious life.

Maria (Mary) Sylvia Russo was born on October 21, 1924 in Jersey City, NJ, although the Russo’s eventually settled in Hoboken. She was one of nine children born to Francesco (Frank) and Philomena (nee Vanore) Russo, immigrants from Italy. Among her siblings who preceded her in death was Sr. M. Xavier Francis of the Holy Family (RIP 11/7/2013). Sr. Virginia is survived by her sisters, Lucy and Phyllis.

Sr. Virginia entered the Congregation on March 16, 1958, professed first vows on December 8, 1960 and made her final profession of vows on March 18, 1965. During the 1960’s she was missioned at Mary Manning Walsh Home, St. Patrick’s Home, and St. Joseph’s Manor. Her other missions were Josephine Baird Home (1970-1983); St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1983-1984); Carmel Richmond (1984-2016), and Mary Manning Walsh Home (2016-2020). Sr. Virginia’s ministries included bookkeeping, bursar work, clerical work, and pastoral care. She did much of the typing for Mother Bernadette de Lourdes’ book Woman of Faith: Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm., and assisted in typing what was needed in preparation for sending documentation to Rome for the promotion of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Mother Angeline Teresa.

Sr. Virginia Aloysius opened her heart to the residents and families that crossed her path, always taking time to talk with them and listen to their stories. May Sr. Virginia’s heart now know the fullness of God’s love for all eternity!

 

 

 


R.I.P Sr. Mary Ellen Bernadette Magano, O.Carm.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Comments (3) | Permalink

 

Sister Mary Ellen Bernadette O.Carm. passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 27, 2020 at Ozanam Hall, in the 64 th year of her religious life. Sr. Mary Ellen had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care at Ozanam Hall since April of 2018.

Elsie Rodrigues Magano was born on April 21, 1932 in Fall River, MA to Manuel and Mary (nee Souza Rapoza) Magano, also of Fall River.  In addition to her parents, Sr. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister, Sr. M. Francis Clare of All Saints.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, Sr. Mary Ellen professed first vows on October 2, 1958 and final vows on December 8, 1962.  She was assigned for very short periods of time in several missions but served the longest at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1976-1986); St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville, IL (1986-1988); and Ozanam Hall, Bayside, NY (1988 – 2020).

Trained as a C.O.T.A., Sr. Mary Ellen’s various ministries included activities, bookkeeping, data entry for MDS, and various clerical positions. A woman of multiple talents, Sister was a member of the Community Choir for many years, where she shared her gorgeous, crystal clear singing voice.  Sr. Mary Ellen played the organ and the guitar, and she and Sr. Francis Clare enjoyed attending the National Pastoral Musicians Conference each year until their health prevented traveling.  Sr. Mary Ellen was also very artistic and designed the beautiful logo for St. Patrick’s Residence, which was introduced during the transition from Joliet to Naperville and is still in use today.  Some of her favorite things were counted cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles, visiting Avila and, of course, as a true Fall River native, eating lobster.

The Lord invited Sr. Mary Ellen to join him in heaven, and she gently slipped away to meet her heavenly spouse.  May her beautiful voice join in with the choirs of angels for eternity.


 


R.I.P Sr. M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face Spring, O.Carm.

Monday, July 06, 2020 | Comments (2) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Joseph Jude of the Holy Face, O.Carm. went home to the Lord peacefully at Marian Manor on July 3, 2020 in the 44 th year of her religious life. The Sisters were at her bedside saying the rosary and Sister Joseph’s sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Chuck Graul, were nearby. Sr. Joseph’s brothers, Frederick and Robert, had also visited.

Dianne Marie Spring was born on October 6, 1947 in Boston, MA. Her parents, Frederick and Anna (nee Lawless) Spring were native Bostonians. Having entered the Congregation on September 8, 1976, Sr. Joseph professed first vows on April 16, 1979 and professed final vows on March 31, 1986.

Sr. Joseph’s missions included St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1979-1982); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1982-1983); Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, NY (1983-1986); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester, NH (1986-1997), and Marian Manor (1997-2020). Trained as a Registered Nurse, she also completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health Services Administration. In ministry Sr. Joseph had been Director of Nursing, Coordinator of Restorative Nursing, and Administrative Assistant. While at Marian Manor she also served as Bursar and Assistant to the Prioress. Sr. Joseph Jude always showed great personal kindness and compassion to the residents she cared for, and the same kindness was shown to her fellow Sisters.

Before her illness prevented this, Sr. Joseph always enjoyed her evening walks and her time at the family cottage on the beach in Salisbury, MA. She also enjoyed hobbies such as counted cross stitch. We rejoice in knowing that the heavy cross of illness has been taken from her shoulders and that she is now at peace in the company of Our Lord and all those whom she loved on earth.


 


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.

 



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.

 



R.I.P Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.

Friday, April 17, 2020 | Comments (5) | Permalink

 

Sister Maureen Rochford, O.Carm.  passed to eternal life on the night of April 15, 2020 in the 71 st year of her religious life. Sr. Maureen was recuperating at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA following surgery for a fractured elbow when she suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Metro West Hospital where she later died.

Maureen Margaret Rochford was born on January 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary (nee Nolan) Rochford, both of whom were born in Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1949, and received the habit on March 19, 1950 taking the name Sr. M. Joseph Bernard and later returning to her baptismal name. She was professed on March 27, 1951 and made her final profession of vows on December 8, 1955. Throughout her religious life, Sr. Maureen was missioned in either New York or Massachusetts: Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1951-1952); Mt. Carmel Home, NYC (1952-1954); Josephine Baird Home, NYC (1954-1962); Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1962-1980); Madonna Residence, Brooklyn, NY (1980-1995); and St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA (1995-2020).

Trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Sr. Maureen was a quiet, hard-working and very efficient Sister who ministered to residents of the West Building at Marian Manor and more recently in the area of employee health at St. Patrick’s Manor. Although we are saddened by her passing, we rejoice that the Lord whom Sr. Maureen served so faithfully called her Home during the Octave of Easter when- even in the midst of darkness and great suffering throughout the world - the faithful still sing Alleluia…and the Gates of Heaven are wide open!