Carmelite Events

Mother Angeline Ministers of Care

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On April 6, 2019 the first training session for potential Mother Angeline Ministers of Care was held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas. This beautiful retreat house is sponsored by the diocese, and a weekend retreat for engaged couples and a Hispanic spiritual program were held at the same time as our training sessions. Entering the front door of the retreat house brings one past lifelike sculptures depicting the wedding at Cana. There are also very devotional outdoor stations of the Cross, and walking trails around a small lake. Across from the Center is a continuing care retirement center also sponsored by the diocese. The lively faith of the people of Wichita is evident, and the sixty plus participants in the MAMC training were attentive and enthusiastic about serving the needs of the elderly. A quick ride downtown after the workshop brought us to the beautiful Native American statue named “Keeper of the Plains” and we even saw a rainbow after a brief shower. (No Judy Garland was not singing, and Toto was not running around).

Since more people signed up than could fit into the conference room, we will be returning to Wichita next March to repeat the workshop and hopefully provide a workshop for potential parish coordinators.

FORMATION WORKSHOP

Story Contribution: Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm. 


 

On April 9-12, 2019, Sr. Helena of Mary and Sr. Lois Ann attended the Formators' Workshop sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA.

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News Story: Carmelite Sister Finds Joy in Ministry

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Eileen Connely, The Catholic Telegraph

 

Sister Teresa Kathleen Dominick, O.Carm.

It was as a child that Sister M. Teresa Kathleen Dominick first became acquainted with the compassionate and skilled ministry of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The community, founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, ministers to the elderly in the person of Christ, while always returning to the spiritual mount of prayer and contemplation.

“I met our sisters at our home in Chicago when I was in the sixth grade,” Sister Kathleen recalled. “They were very down to earth, happy in what they were doing, and clearly loved caring for the residents.”

Sister Kathleen said she “fell in love with caring for the elderly,” too, and has been a Carmelite for 57 years.

The sisters minister in long-term healthcare, assisted living and independent living facilities located primarily in the United States, with one home in Ireland. In the archdiocese, they operate St. Margaret Hall, where Sister Kathleen serves as a resident representative and family advocate, along with being involved in pastoral ministry. Her role, she explained, is to welcome new residents, visiting daily for the first two weeks to ensure they feel comfortable and are adjusting to the change in environment. Sister Kathleen also spends time with residents’ relatives, answering questions and offering reassurance.

“They are turning the care of their family members over to us, many after caring for them for a long time,” she said. “Once they learn we can do the same thing they did at home, they can relax, spend time with their family members, and love them. We provide the physical care, and they can be the emotional support.”

“I tell people that the elderly give so much more to us than we give to them,” Sister Kathleen said. “They share their love, their wisdom, their appreciation for our care. They don’t ask a lot, just to be recognized as a person and to know that someone cares about them. That’s the best gift we can give to any of our residents.”

 

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R.I.P Sister M. Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

Sister Carolyn Therese Keane, O.Carm. passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Manor, MA on March 6, 2019 in the 73 rd year of her religious life. 

Carolyn Therese Keane was born on February 27, 1927 in Manchester, NH to Timothy and Catherine (nee Sears) Keane.  Having lived 33 years as a Sister of Mercy, after a canonical transfer process , the then Sr. M. Cornelius Timothy was received into Carmel on January 5, 1980.  She professed final vows as a Carmelite Sister on January 4, 1981, and later returned to her baptismal name.

Sr. Carolyn’s missions included Mary Manning Walsh Home, Carmel Manor, and Ferncliff Nursing Home for brief periods of time.  At St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY, she was appointed Assistant Novice Director and Temporary Vow Director (1985-1989) and went on to serve at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, NH (1990-1997), St. Raphael’s Home, OH (1997-2005), and Marian Manor, MA (1981-1985 and 2005-2016).  In 2016,  Sr. Carolyn was transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor, MA due to failing health  and was eventually admitted as a resident.

Always very generous in the apostolate, Sr. Carolyn ministered as unit coordinator and resident advocate, in medical records and computer data entry, assisting in Chapel and distributed Holy Communion.  In addition, God blessed Sr. Carolyn with a beautiful voice and she would often raise it in song for the Sisters and the residents.

Sr. Carolyn Therese went Home to the Lord on Ash Wednesday, the day that begins our Lenten journey toward Easter.  Her journey of 92 years has ended and she now celebrates her very own Easter – and rejoices to see the Risen Lord face-to-face!

WAKE:

Tuesday, March 12, 20192:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Holy Family Chapel

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street

Framingham, MA 01701

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

BURIAL:

Wednesday, March 13, 201912:45 p.m. (approximately)

 St. Joseph New Cemetery

448 Donald Street 

Bedford, NH03110

 


 


STORIES FROM HOME

Friday, February 08, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

SAINT PATRICK'S MANOR, FRAMINGHAM, MA

by Sister Lois Ann, O.Carm.

Our Postulants joined six of our Sisters from Marian Manor and St. Patrick’s Manor for a visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Sommerville, MA for the Day of Consecrated Life. The Little Sisters hosted the event at their lovely facility. Religious communities from around the greater Boston area were invited. The day started with Mass followed by a delicious lunch with entertainment by the communities represented. Our own Sister Brigid, played the spoons, as our Postulants joined in singing along with Little Sister of the Poor Sister Elizabeth Ann. It was a beautiful experience of community among the Religious of the Diocese of Boston.

 

 

The Super Bowl split our Postulant community right down the middle!! The Sisters from Ohio to California went with the Rams, and the Sisters from New York to Florida, supported the Patriots. We will all be friends on Monday!! There was a Ram contingent among the Professed Sisters as well so we were not totally alone up here in Massachusetts Patriot Country!!

 

ON-THE-ROAD EVENT, IOWA

by Sister Patricia Margaret, O.Carm.

Attended the Red Mass and Dinner with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York in Iowa. The Sisters attending ended up sitting in the front row at the Cathedral
and Cardinal Dolan told everyone present that the Carmelite Sisters were here and he looked at us and said, "I really love you Sisters!"

 
 

SAINT TERESA'S MOTHERHOUSE, GERMANTOWN, NEW YORK

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

Some Avila and Formation Sisters attended Mass for World Day of Consecrated Life with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger as celebrant at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on February 2, 2019.  The event was attended by members of  several religious communities. Sister Helena of Mary was invited to be lector and Sister Mary of Jesus was one of the Eucharistic Ministers.

 

GARVEY MANOR, HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA

by Holly Keller

The robotic pets at Garvey Manor Nursing Home are amazing! Our residents love them. So blessed to have this opportunity through our CMP grant.




PODCAST Feature

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister Peter Lillian and Sister Mary O'Donovan were invited to appear at a podcast by Stacey Sumereau called "Called and Caffeinated.

Stories from Home: Mary Manning Walsh Home

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contributor: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

On January 5, an open house and blessing was held to celebrate the completion of the renovation to the convent at Mary Manning Walsh Home. Previously, the convent occupied space on both the 15 th and 16th floor of the facility. Now the convent is located only on the 16 th floor, which allowed for the expansion of the Dawn Green Hospice unit to encompass the whole 15 th floor. A win-win for the convent and the facility! Fr. Simeon blessed the renovated space to the delight of the Sisters, who have lived with the chaos of renovation for a very long time. The refectory and community room were recreated on the 16 th floor, and the Sisters’ rooms made more barrier free. A spa room was also added to allow for handicap accessible bathing. We ask God’s blessings on this lovely space and all who helped create it.


 


Stories from Home: EWTN Filming St. Teresa's Motherhouse

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contributor: Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Karen McCrory

 

The Carmelite Sisters were invited to participate in a project to be aired on EWTN as part of a series called “They Might Be Saints”. From January 18-21, Avila was bustling with activity as interviews were conducted and scenes from Mother Angeline’s early life were filmed. Despite a major snowstorm that meant moving schedules around, with God’s help everything was accomplished. The Producer, Michael O’Neill, was open to Mother’s family portraying her in the scenes, so Karen, Angeline, Katie and Michael McCrory depicted Mother and her family during Mother’s teenage years in Scotland. Some of the filming was done in St. Sylvia’s Church and Rectory in Tivoli, NY. The McCrory family welcomed two Little Sisters into the house (Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mary of Jesus), and Angeline portrayed Mother arranging flowers in the local parish and taking a book from Dean Cronin’s library the evening before her entrance into the convent. Later, Brigid McCrory Amundson played Mother as a Little Sister of the Poor receiving blessed roses from Fr. Flanagan (Fr. Jim Hess) and meeting with Cardinal Hayes (an actor) accompanied as far as the door by Sr. Julie. There is no dialogue in the scenes, but a voice-over narration will be used.

We thank Michael and his crew for their patience and dedication in making Mother’s story come alive and Mother’s family for going the extra mile to the point of looking like the cast of Downton Abbey! The episode will be aired later in the year on EWTN. Stay tuned for details.


 

 


VIDEO: A Saint For Scotland?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

A group of Catholic film makers in the parish of Mossend, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom , created a group called Sancta Familia Media. This group has been very helpful in promoting the life and work of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa in their Facebook page. They have also beautifully created this video clip of Mother Angeline's life. It is their hope (and ours) that Venerable Mary Angeline's Cause will advance so that in God's time we can soon experience the reality of her being a Saint for Scotland!

Photo Courtesy: Facebook: Sancta Familia Media, Catholic Filmmakers based in the Parish of Holy Family Mossend



Thirty Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On January 21, 2019, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the 35th anniversary of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's passing to eternal life.  Saint Teresa's Motherhouse located in Germantown, New York held a special Mass.  A good number of the McCrory family, Avila Carmelite Sisters, guests, Pre-Novices and Novices of the Carmelite Friars attended the event.

The theme chosen for this celebration was "Model of Prayer for Our Time". The Carmelite Sisters are grateful to Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, and Principal Celebrant.  Also con-celebrating at the Mass were Rev. James Hess, O.Carm., Rev. Patrick Buckley, Rev. Roberto Perez O.Carm., and Rev. John Moyna.

Adding to the excitement of the day was the presence of EWTN’s production crew.  Despite the weekend’s predicted heavy snow, sleet and high winds, previously planned interviews and videotaping were completed.  The life and legacy of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa will be the future subject of EWTN’s series called “They Might Be Saints.” 

Homily: Model of Prayer for our Time Homily: Model of Prayer for our Time (22 KB)


The McCrory Family


 

 





R.I.P Sister M. Stephen Immaculate, O.Carm.

Monday, January 07, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 

 

Sister M. Stephen Immaculate, O.Carm. returned to the Lord on the night of Saturday, January 5, 2019 in the 77th year of her religious life.

Mary Agnes Sodl was born in Austria on February 1, 1922 and at the age of ten came to the United States with her sister, Rose. With her parents, Stephen and Mary (nee Yost) Sodl and her siblings, the family eventually made their home in Whitehall, PA.  Having entered the Congregation on December 8, 1942, Sr. Stephen professed First Vows on June 16, 1944 and Final Vows on August 15, 1949.  Her missions included St. Leo’s Abbey, Villa Maria, and Lourdes Residence in Florida, the Bishop’s Residence in Albany, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, St. Rita’s Home in Columbus, and Kahl Home in Davenport.  She was missioned four times at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas (1949-1951; 1953-1957; 1958-1965; 1970-1981).  In 198, Sr. Stephen received an assignment to Villa Teresa and remained there until January 2006 when the Home’s operations ceased, after which she moved on to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse.  In 2012, as her health began to fail, it became necessary that she go to the Enhanced Living Convent at Ozanam Hall, where she was more recently admitted to the nursing home.

While active in the apostolate, Sr. Stephen was mainly assigned to the kitchen, pantry, refectory, Chapel, and as a Eucharistic Minister.  She loved animals – especially dogs, cats, and horses, and while her health permitted she went for a walk every day.  She often went out on her day off for a very well-done steak, a baked potato and a salad.  April Fool’s Day was one of her favorite days and she took great delight in fooling many an unsuspecting victim.  Sr. Stephen enjoyed watching EWTN and football and was an avid Notre Dame fan.  She also enjoyed a good party, Polish music, and dancing the Polka!

Sr. M. Stephen Immaculate was blessed with the gift of a long life – almost 97 years - and although we are sad to see her leave, we rejoice as she enters into her new and everlasting life!

WAKE:

Sunday, January 13, 2019 

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m followed by Evening Prayer

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

Ozanam Hall

42-41 201st Street

Bayside, NY 11361

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Monday, January 14, 2019

10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

Ozanam Hall

BURIAL:

Friday, January 25, 2019

St. John the Baptist Cemetery

St. John the Baptist Church

3024 South Ruch Street

Whitehall, PA 18052