Carmelite Events

Ireland Celebrates Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa!

Sister Helena - Monday, February 17, 2014

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa's 30th anniversary of entrance to eternal life was celebrated on January 19, 2014 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland at a special Mass offered by Archbishop Eamon Martin DD. A photo of the Venerable was blessed and given a place of honor in the Parish of Clonoe. We are grateful that Sr. M. Therese Eileen, O.Carm and Sr. Mary of Jesus, O.Carm were able to represent our Congregation at this event.

Reflections from the Homily given by Archbishop Eamon Martin DD

Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All Ireland

Mass of the Blessing of Picture & Shrine in Honor of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm

Parish of Clonoe, Co Tyrone

January 19, 2014


By Sr. Therese Eileen Mulvaney, O.Carm.

Archbishop Eamon Martin opened his homily by expressing delight at being invited to this very special event.  He expressed his delight to celebrate the Mass of Blessing in honor of a woman who was a member of this local parish and is now on her way to Sainthood!

One hundred twenty years ago, a little girl was born in this parish and was baptized in St. Brigid’s Church in Brocagh, a few miles from where this parish presently stands.  The girl’s name was Brigid.  The family moved to Glasgow because of difficult family circumstances.  When she was 18 years old, Brigid felt called to serve the Lord in religious life.  She joined the Little Sisters of the Poor where she worked with the elderly.  She was sent to the Motherhouse of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Paris where she studied.

Sr. Angeline was sent to New York, USA.   It was there she felt a strong call to serve the aged and infirmed Americans who had no one to look after them.  Sister Angeline talked to Cardinal Hayes about this and soon with several other Sisters founded another religious community- the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged & Infirm.  The Carmelite Sisters currently have 17 Nursing Homes in USA and one in Dalkey in Dublin, Ireland.  The Archbishop was delighted to welcome two of Mother Angeline’s spiritual daughters who were able to attend the celebration- Sr. Mary and Sr. Eileen.  The introduction was followed by a big applause from the congregation!

Mother Angeline was born on January 21st and died on the same day in 1984.  Her community of Sisters very soon recognized there was something very special about this woman.  They immediately started praying and working on her Cause for Beatification and Canonization.  She was first declared Servant of God.  On June 28, 2012 she was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI. 

Archbishop Martin reminded the congregation of our universal call to be saints.  His words were, “You and I, ordinary people, can become Saints.  Pope Francis said recently to a group gathered in Rome, “I want you all to be Saints”.  So I would ask you all to pray to Venerable Angeline, come in here and look at her picture and to ask her intercession for what you need.  I hope that there will be girls from this parish who will feel called to follow in her footsteps of caring for the aged and infirm.” 

The Archbishop then proceeded to bless the picture of Venerable Angeline Teresa and recited the intercessory prayers with the Congregation.



Fr. Fee pours waterArchbishop Martin prays at the shrinecarmelite Sisters present the altar gifts
Carmel McConaughey, Archbishop Martin, Sr. Mary of Jesus & Sr. Therese Eileen.  Carmel McConaughey is the wife of Des McConaughey-the oldest living relative of Mother Angeline who is still living in Mt. Joy, Co. TyroneSr. Therese Eileen, Bishop Martin, Sr. Mary & Missionaries of CharitySr. Therese Eileen, Bishop Martin & Sr. Mary
Sr. Therese Eileen & Sr. MaryBlessing of WaterChildren from four Parish Schools
Fr. Fee, Fr. McCallion, Archbishop Eamon Martin & Fr. MacKeone



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