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Celebrating Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa

Sister Helena - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 21st is always a big day of celebration for the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  On this day, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, was born and died.  This year, we celebrate her 123rd birthday and 30th anniversary of death.   Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa founded the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1929 to offer a different type of care and ministry to the elderly.  Her vision and mission bore fruit and her spiritual daughters, along with their lay staff, continue this same mission of compassionate care to the Aged and Infirm today.

The Mass of Thanksgiving was held at Saint Teresa’s Chapel at the Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany was the principal celebrant.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. gave the homily while other invited members of the secular Clergy and Carmelite members of Saint Elias Province in Middletown, New York con-celebrated.  The gathering was also attended by members of the McCrory family, friends of the Community, and the Carmelite Sisters.  The day was bright, cold, with the remaining snow from the previous storm, continuing to melt away in the background. 

Very Reverend Mario Esposito gave a homily centering on the theme chosen for this year: “Disciple of the Gospel.”  Father Mario eloquently reminded those present that discipleship is an ongoing process and that a true disciple of the Lord is always open to be taught, open to be formed, open to be called, and open to learn new things about oneself, about others, and the world.  Bishop Howard Hubbard, in his close of Mass remarks, used Pope Francis’ exhortation to summarize the Venerable Foundress’ life: hospitality, concern for the poor, mercy.

On this eve of the 41st Anniversary of the March for Life in our nation’s capital, may the example of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, Disciple of the Gospel, continue to draw men and women of good will to give of themselves in the service of the elderly and to bear witness to the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.



Entrance Procession
Main Celebrant: Bishop Howard HubbardFirst Reader: Angeline McCrory
Second Reader: Katie McCroryProclamation of the Gospel: Rev Paul Denault, O.Carm.Homilist: Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
Prayer of the Faithful: Sr. Ann Brown, O.Carm.Offertory: Carmelite Sisters Postulants & Novices
Eucharistic PrayerHoly Communion
Bishop Howard Hubbard Closing RemarksRecessionalRefectory Poster Display
Invited Members of the ClergyMother Mark, Council Members and Clergy
The McCrory Family- Eugene, Karen, John Sr.,Irene, Katie, Angeline, John Jr., MichaelAngeline, Bishop Hubbard, Katie & Michael McCroryWith Father Mario Esposito and Mother Mark
With Sr. Barbara MaloyJohn and Michael McCrory

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