Carmelite Events

New Congregational Leadership Team

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

The Fourteenth General Chapter of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse on September 5-16, 2020. The following Sisters were elected to the new Congregational Leadership Team:

Left to Right:

Sr. Marie Richard Carmel Brusca, O.Carm. - Secretary General

Sr. Maureen Murray, O.Carm. - Third Councillor

Sr. M. Cyril Methodius Kasper, O.Carm. - Second Councillor

Mother Mary Rose Heery, O.Carm. - Prioress General

Sr. M. Jeanne Francis Haley, O.Carm. - First Councillor/ Vicar-General

Sr. M. Peter Lillian Angeline DiMaria, O.Carm. - Fourth Councillor

Sr. M. Veronica Robert Bien, O.Carm. - Treasurer General

Congratulations to our new Congregational Leadership and wishing you God's blessings for the future!

Stories from Home: Foundation Day 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Permalink


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

Saint Patrick's Home is happy to share with you some special moments from our Foundation Day celebration. We were blessed to have Father Michael Kissane , O.Carm. as our celebrant. Father gave a wonderful homily regarding Mother Angeline and our early days. The Sisters shared how great it was to have the Carmelite Friars as part of our many celebrations at Saint Patrick's Home.  Some of our staff was also able to participate in the celebration.

In the afternoon, the staff enjoyed an ice cream social including chocolate covered strawberries. We also had a display of our Foundress, Mother Angeline Teresa and her Six Companions , in front of St Patrick’s Home. It told the story of how the Congregation has grown. Our residents participated in Foundation Day Trivia. Although our celebrations were a little different this year because of the Corona Virus restrictions, Mother Angeline would be happy to see so many happy faces!


Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Maureen Elizabeth, O.Carm.

Although we were hampered in what we could do for our Residents during our Covid 19 restrictions, we had a very beautiful day and experience. We had a nice Mass with an organist and singing - only the Sisters and the organist- with the Residents watching from their room televisions. Father Jonah, O.P, had a beautiful homily on our Foundation Day and how appropriate it was to celebrate it on the Feast of St. Gregory who founded so many Monasteries.

We started our weekly Eucharistic Procession and Blessing on a unit today.  Many of the Residents sat in their doorways  with a few who joined the procession around their areas.  A couple of the Residents cried and thanked Father for it has been a long time since being actually present at Benediction. Just about all of the Staff lined up too for a blessing (Catholic and Non Catholic) Jim Murtagh, a Resident on the unit, followed the procession and sang the hymns and recited the Divine Praises.  It was a very moving experience.  We plan to do another unit next week, although this was special as it was the first time since CoVid broke,  and it was on Foundation Day. The signs we posted on the unit talked about it being Foundation Day too.



Renewal of Sr. Catherine Angeline's Religious Vows

Monday, August 31, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Catherine Angeline, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Sr. Carol Nolan, O.Carm.

Sister Mary Catherine Angeline Hinkle renewed her religious vows in the presence of her local Prioress, Sr. Michelle Anne Reho, O.Carm. and Fr Jack Siberski, SJ MD as celebrant.  The homily was  based on the readings personally chosen by Sister Catherine with the theme on "The Greatness of God's Merciful Love - To Jesus through Mary." The liturgical celebration used the Votive Mass for the Renewal of Profession. Sr. Catherine is currently missioned at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA.


Renewal of Vows Sr. Luke Mary Angeline, O.Carm.

Monday, August 31, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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

Sr. Luke Mary Angeline renewed her vows on August 30, 2020 in the presence of her local Prioress Sr. Bernadette Therese, O.Carm., Fr. Paul Richmond, O.Carm. and her fellow Carmelite Sisters. Sr. Luke Mary's brother was also present for the liturgical celebration.  Sister is currently missioned at Saint Patrick's Home, Bronx, NY. 


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.


Reception Ceremony Sr. Michelle Elizabeth Marie

Sunday, August 16, 2020 | Comments (3) | Permalink

On August 15, 2020, our Postulant Sr. Katie Nicosia, was received into the Novitiate and will begin her formation as a Canonical Novice. The Reception Ceremony was held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York. The Avila Sisters were present as well as invited Sisters from the Homes where Sister Katie spent her Postulancy (St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA) and where she volunteered (Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, New York).  Father Jim Hess, O.Carm. was the celebrant.  Sister received her Carmelite habit and her name in religion- Sister Michelle Elizabeth Marie, O.Carm.

We thank God for this beautiful gift to our religious community and pray that many more young women will be drawn to give of themselves in service to God and His Church!

Congratulations, Sr. Michelle Elizabeth Marie, and may your journey in Carmel be blessed!

PHOTO COURTESY: Sr. Theresa Marie, O.Carm.

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

Carmelite HabitPostulant Sr. Katie Enters Chapel
What do you desire?Habit is blessed by Mother Mark
Sr. Katie leaves chapel for clothingNovice returns to Chapel
Sr. Michelle Elizabeth Marie receives Congratulations
Our four Novices
Sr. Michelle Elizabeth, Mother Mark and Council MembersSr. Michelle Elizabeth, Council and Father Jim HessWith Formators
With Sr. Maureen and Sr. Mary SuzanneReception CakeAnd she cuts the cake


Message from the Prior General

Friday, July 10, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

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.


Homegrown Story: Sr. Philomena Anne Renews her Vows

Monday, June 08, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

Story Contribution: Garvey Manor Nursing Home

Please join us in congratulating Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy O. Carm. for the renewal of her vows this past Sunday, June 7, 2020 in St. Joseph's Chapel, Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA.
"For the honor of God, and moved by a firm resolve to consecrate myself more fully to Him, and to follow Christ more closely in my whole life, here and now, before Sister Jacinta Mary, Delegate of the Reverend Prioress General, I, Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy, vow for one year Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity, according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. I give myself with whole heart to this religious community so that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, I may seek perfect charity in the service of God and the Church."


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.