Carmelite Events

Homegrown Stories: Called to Serve

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.


By Carlos Briceño
March 2018 View more Humanitarian

It should not come as a big surprise that St. Patrick’s Residence, a nursing and rehabilitation facility for the elderly in Naperville, holds a party on St. Patrick’s Day every year. Labeled as “Come to Mom’s House,” with the color green on vivid display everywhere, the party offers lively entertainment, usually including Irish musicians, Irish and Scottish dancers, children’s games, face painting, food and raffle drawings. To top it off, St. Patrick himself even makes an appearance. READ FULL ARTICLE

Check out Saint Patrick's Residence website.




Texas Ministers of Care Training Program

Monday, March 12, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word graciously welcomed Sr. Peter, Sr. Michelle and Mother Mark to Villa de Matel while they were training potential Mother Angeline Ministers in Houston, Texas.The Sisters co-sponsor the Christus Health System of more than 600 centers in the US and internationally. They certainly went out of their way to make the Sisters feel at home on their lovely campus.

Training sessions for the Mother Angeline Ministries was held across town at St. Dominic Village, Houston's only Catholic retirement community. It too had a beautiful campus which encompasses a residence for retired priests, independent living facility, assisted living facility, and skilled nursing facility. They also have Angel House which provides temporary home for patients or family members receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center across the street.

Photos show training session in Houston, Texas for parishioners in the Houston/Galveston Archdiocese.

Homegrown Stories: Saint Teresa's Motherhouse

Friday, February 23, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

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

On February 23, 2018,Very Rev. Mario Esposito offered Mass in Mother Angeline's chapel, which was recently refurbished.  After over thirty years, the walltex had begun to split, the ceiling paint was peeling, and there were uneven areas on one of the walls. This situation was hardly a challenge for Bill Clark and the Maintenance staff, who, in no time, added new sheet rock to the walls, scraped and painted the whole area and replaced the non -functioning air conditioner.  While the furnishings were removed, decision was made to change the orientation of the altar and add chairs instead of the pews previously in use (the pews will eventually be placed along the walls in the Heritage Center reflection room).  A new picture of Flos Carmeli and a credence table were added to Mother's chapel.  Her picture and the rest of the religious artifacts were rehung.  Sisters were invited to make a visit to the renovated chapel, and certainly visitors to Avila in the future are invited to do the same.


Homegrown Stories From Home: St. Patrick's Residence

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Songs to Remember from Naperville News 17 on Vimeo.

Story Contribution by Sr. Anthony Veilleux, O.Carm.

A special Couple's Luncheon on St. Valentine's Day was held at Saint Patrick's Residence by the facility's Life Enrichment Team for its senior residents.  Saint Patrick's Residence is one of the many facilities sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.


R.I P Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister Rosemary Heaton, O.Carm. passed away at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA on January 7, 2018 in the sixty-sixth year of her religious life.

Rosemary Heaton was born on December 20, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Sarah Agnes (Sutkevich) and Trueman John Heaton.  She entered the Congregation on August 14, 1952, received the habit on April 30, 1953 taking the name Sr. M. Francis Patricia, and later returning to her baptismal name.  She professed first vows on May 3, 1954 and perpetual vows on December 8, 1958.

Among her many missions, Sr. Rosemary spent several years in West Palm Beach, Florida: Lourdes Residence (1962-1967 and 1973-1975) and The Pennsylvania (1980-1989).  She then served at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1989-1994) and Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1994-1995) before being assigned to her final mission at St. Patrick’s Manor in 1995.  In her later years, Sr. Rosemary was a resident of the nursing home but, as late as last week, continued to spend her afternoons helping in Medical Records.  She was a great community person and an ambassador of good will around the Manor.  She also enjoyed making cards on her computer and now and then taking The Ride to Walmart, Staples and her other favorite stores, topped off by an Italian sub at Subway.  Sr. Rosemary had great devotion to the Infant of Prague, and despite her failing condition was faithful to daily Mass and Days of Recollection with the Sisters.

As the Lord manifested Himself to the Wise Men at the Epiphany, may Sr. Rosemary know the fullness of joy as she meets Him face to face.


Wednesday, January 10, 20182:00 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


Thursday, January 11, 201810:00 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

Framingham, MA


Thursday, January 11, 2018St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA


Garvey Manor News Article

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution:  Sr. Joachim Anne, O.Carm. (Garvey Manor Administrator)

On December 12, 2017, Garvey Manor  was featured as the Non-profit focus by the Blair Chamber of Commerce in an article in the Altoona Mirror.

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Closing of Diocesan Inquiry on Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Blessed Titus Brandsma


Source: Carmelite Website

On December 12th 2017, at 2.00 pm in the Cathedral of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Palm Beach (Florida, United States), the Most Reverend Gerard Barbarito, Archbishop of Palm Beach presided over the closing session of the diocesan inquiry on the purported miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsma.


Born in the Frisian city of Bolsward, Holland, in 1881, Bl. Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelites while still young and was ordained priest in 1905. He undertook further studies in Rome and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy at the Gregorian Pontifical University.

Returning to Holland, he taught in a number of schools before taking up a post as Professor of Philosophy and the History of Mysticism at the Catholic University of Nijmegen where he was later appointed Rector Magnificus. A noted writer and journalist, in 1935, he was appointed adviser to the bishops, for Catholic journalists. He was noted for being ready to receive anyone in difficulty and to help in whatever way he could. In the period leading up to and during the Nazi occupation in Holland, he argued passionately against the National Socialist ideology, basing his stand on the Gospels, and he defended the right to freedom in education and for the Catholic Press. As a result, he was imprisoned. So began his Calvary, involving great personal suffering and degradation whilst, at the same time, he himself brought solace and comfort to the other internees and begged God's blessing on his jailers. In the midst of such inhuman suffering, he possessed the precious ability to bring an awareness of goodness, love and peace. He passed from one prison or camp to another until he arrived in Dachau where he was killed on 26th July 1942. He was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II on 3rd November 1985. 





Catechetical Forum in Monroe

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Mary Anne Dennehy, O.Carm.

On Saturday, along with Michael Guglielmo, I attended the Archdiocese of New York Catechetical Forum at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe where ArchCare was a sponsor/exhibitor. I had been unable to attend the session in the Bronx, but this was my second year in Monroe. In addition to distributing and discussing ArchCare program information, I was able to do quite a lot of networking and dissemination of vocation material and information on Venerable Mother M. Angeline Teresa. Our Carmelite Fathers Justin and Francis were presenters and novice Brother Von attended as a participant.


R.I.P Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (2) | Permalink

Sister Teresa Kennedy, O.Carm. passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 at the Kahl Home in the 61 st year of her religious life.

Teresa Ann Kennedy was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 18, 1938 to Thomas and Mary (Bergin) Kennedy. Her father was from Scotland and her mother was from Ireland. She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, professed First Vows on October 2, 1958, and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows on December 8, 1962.

Sr. Teresa had many missions during her time in Community, among them Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1958-1962 & 1971-1974); Kahl Home, Davenport, IA (1963-1965, 1986-1991, & 2013-2017); St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1965-1970) & Naperville, IL (1991-1998). She was also at Carmel Manor, Fort Thomas, KY (1998-2013) as either the Administrator, Prioress/Administrator, or Assistant Prioress/Administrator.

Sr. Teresa was fond of reading British mystery novels and watching old movies. Her favorite color was yellow, she preferred plain food (no salt and pepper), and cooked the very best steak and lamb chops.She loved to laugh, and she was often heard spontaneously raising her voice in song – even when nobody else was singing! May her special patron, St. Therese of Lisieux, and all the Carmelite Saints, open the gates of heaven to Sr. Teresa, as she spontaneously raises her voice with theirs in a song of joy that will never end!


Sunday, November 5, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

6702 Jersey Ridge Road

Davenport, IA 52807



Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel

 Kahl Home for the Aged

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Memorial Mass – Avila Chapel (no casket) at 10:00 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526

Committal Ceremony:

12:15 p.m.

Mother Angeline Heritage Center



Palliative Care Defined

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Manor

Palliative care seeks to provide relief from the five domains of pain that persons experience when faced with a debilitating diagnosis. Palliative care is not reserved for those who are imminently dying, but allows each resident to receive the appropriate treatment that brings him/her comfort and the best possible care. Palliative care can be combined with curative care or with less aggressive care. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care or end-of-life care, which is reserved for those who are clearly dying.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have offered palliative care since 1929, and they felt it was important to formalize the palliative care they have provided throughout the years to preserve the mission and philosophy of their Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline McCrory. To do this, the Carmelite Sisters along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology began a pilot program with six of their homes where they serve, sponsor or co-sponsor. By working with these six homes and measuring their outcomes, a research-based program that seeks to ensure quality palliative care in long-term facilities was developed. The Avila Institute’s new, extensive palliative care training program includes a complete approach to implementing a program, staff training, and a series of assessment tools. To learn more about this program visit the website: