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Mother Angeline Honored with Blue Plaque

Sister Helena - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

by Suzanne McGonagle- The Irish News

October 25, 2014

A nun whose work in the United States led to her being just one step away from being canonised by the Pope, has been honoured in her home village in Co. Tyrone.  An Ulster History Circle blue plaque was last night unveiled to Mother Angeline Teresa McCrory in Brocagh.  Archbishop Dr. Eamon Martin presided at the event at St. Brigid's Church in Brocagh to celebrate the achievements of the Mother, who worked as as advocate for the impoverished elderly.

Born Brigid Teresa McCrory in 1893, she was baptised in the Co. Tyrone Church and lived in the village until she was seven.  She later moved to Scotland and then to France to join the Little Sisters of the Poor at the age of 19.  She was sent on mission to the United States and served in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, and the Bronx.  In 1926, now as mother Angeline, she was appointed superior of a nursing home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the Bronx, New York.  Mother Angeline and another six Sisters were later granted permission from Rome to begin a new community of care of the aged.  She founded a new religious congregation, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, in New York in 1929.  The Community opened 59 foundations and still serve 19 homes in eight U.S states and in a home in Dalkey, Co. Dublin.  Mother Angeline died on January 21, 1984 on her 91st birthday and is buried in New York.

In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree, the first major step leading to her canonisation.  Chris Spurr from the Ulster History Circle last night said they were "delighted to honour Mother Angeline's achievements."  "Inspired by her deep care for the elderly, she founded a new community and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have benefited thousands of older people in America and in Ireland," he said.


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