Carmelite Events

LETTER OF THE PRIOR GENERAL ON THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm.

Prior General Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance

 

Dear brothers and sisters of the Carmelite family:

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching and, like every year, I want to send you an affectionate greeting with my most sincere congratulations. I hope that the feast and all the celebrations of these days (novenas, processions, religious and cultural events, etc.) will be an occasion to honor Mary under this title so popular and endearing and so dear to all of us Carmelites. May these celebrations touch our hearts, inspire our living of the charism, and transform our lives so that we become more and more faithful to the values of the Gospel.

I would like to present again this year the outline of the novena that has been made by the people in charge of the website of our Order, based on texts by writers, mystics, and Carmelite saints. May this novena help us, guided by the hand of Mary, to enter the depth of the mystery of our faith. 

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The Carmelite Institute Symposium 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Institute of North America held this year’s symposium at Loyola University in Chicago, IL on June 25-29, 2017.  Sr. Helena and Sr. Philomena traveled to attend this wonderful Carmelite event. The theme chosen was “Pope Francis Points the Way to Carmel.”  The Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudato Si” was the major point of reference for many of the speakers’ talks. The symposium was well represented by over 100 attendees of Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites, as well as Carmelite Brothers and Sisters in initial formation.  Our own Sr. Anthony, Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Lois Ann and Sr. Raphael from Saint Patrick's Residence in Naperville, IL were able to travel and to join us during one of the conference days! The Symposium opened with the Opening Remarks by Edith Matlock, Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute and the Welcome Address by Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm. Chairman of the Board and Prior Provincial of The Most Pure Heart of Mary. Most Rev. Fernando Millan Romeral, Prior General of the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance, was present and opened the conference with his talk on “The Carmelite Family Responding to the Holy Father’s Initiatives in Renewing the Life of Our Church.” Several other speakers presented relevant topics as follows:

Father Vinko Mamic, O.C.D on “Biblical Backgrounds of Pope Francis’ Indications Regarding the Way of Carmel.”

Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD. A professor from Yale University shared her expertise on “The Promise of Laudato Si for an Integral Ecology.”

Fr. Donald Buggert, O.Carm. presented on the topic of “Pope Francis’ Challenges to Carmel.”

Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, O.C.D presented his topic on “The Call of Pope Francis for an Integral Ecology and the Practice of Carmelite Humility and Detachment Today.”

Donna Orsuto, PhD. who spoke at our last Carmelite Symposium in Mundelein, IL and a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, presented on “Being the House of God in the Midst of the World- St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Pope Francis speak to the Laity.”

Fr. Daniel Chowning, O.C.D presented on “The Merciful Gaze of Jesus in the Spirituality of Pope Francis and the Carmelite Traditions.”

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J, Editor in Chief of America Magazine, provided the Jesuit context in his talk “Pope Francis The Jesuit.”

Fr. Tracy O’Sullivan, O.Carm. presented on “The Gifts of Pope Francis and St. Teresa: Evangelization and Contemplation.”

Brother Patrick Mullins, O.Carm. member of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland presented on “The Carmelite Rule (1247) and Pope Francis on the Implications of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.”

It was an honor for the Carmelite Institute to have Cardinal Blasé J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrate Mass during one of the symposium days. The last day of the Symposium was a banquet held in honor of the late Father Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. who passed away in August of last year and was President of the Carmelite Institute since its inception.

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The National Shrine of Saint Therese

On June 22, three days before the Carmelite Institute Symposium started, Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena took a day to visit the newly renovated National Shrine of Saint Therese in Darien, IL. They attended Holy Mass and was given a special tour of the newly opened replica of the cell of St. Therese by one of our Carmelite friars, Father Bernie, O.Carm. The door of her cell and the floor tiles from the Saint’s anteroom where she met with her novices were originals donated by the Lisieux Carmel to the shrine. It was an awesome feeling to be touching the door where St. Therese probably held herself up as she entered her cell during those times that she suffered intense exhaustion from her illness!

 



Vietnamese Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Father Mario extended an invitation to the Formation Team to attend a huge Vietnamese gathering at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY on July 1, 2017.The event was held to formally open the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang established at the shrine’s grounds.  Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena attended on behalf of Sr. Mary (vocation director) who is currently in Ireland for the SALT Program and opened a table for our vocation brochures and Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa’s biographical pamphlets translated in Vietnamese. You can see from the photos the huge number of participants coming from Canada, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere!

 



 

 





Mother Angeline McCrory Manor Celebrates Nurses Week

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photos contributed by Kathy Drufke - Mother Angeline McCrory Manor

The Nurses Week was celebrated nationally on May 6-12, 2017.  The Nursing Staff of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and The Villas At Saint Therese were honored with a blessing of hands by Fr. Raymond Maher, O.Carm. and a special Italian luncheon. Gifts and a raffle were added to the enjoyment of all.  There were approximately 45 nurses in attendance. The Statue of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was dedicated and blessed as part of the celebration. The following was the prayer that Fr. Raymond Maher, O.Carm. offered for this dedication:

"Almighty and eternal God, it does not displease You that images of Your saints are sculpted or painted. For as often as we look on these images with our bodily eyes, so often do we consider the actions of Your saint with our mind's eye and ponder their sanctity for our imitation.Be so good, we beg of You, as to bless and sanctify this statue made in honor of Venerable Angeline Teresa McCrory, foundress of the Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm and the one to whose memory this home is dedicated. Grant that whoever in the presence of this statue humbly pays devout reverence to Mother Angeline may through her merits and intercession win grace in this life and everlasting glory in the world to come through Christ Our Lord. AMEN."


 


ROSARY RALLY 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Our Rosary Rally will be held at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse on August 13, 2017.  On this 100th centenary celebration of the Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, the Fatima statue will join us. See details below.

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2017 Religious Jubilees

Sunday, June 11, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 3, 2017, thirteen Carmelite Sisters celebrated their 75th , 60th and 50 th religious jubilees.The event was held at the Congregation’s Motherhouse located in Germantown, New York.  It was a beautiful and joyous occasion for all present.  The Eucharistic liturgy was celebrated at 11:00 am with Father Myles Sheehan, S.J as the main celebrant.  Father Myles was joined at the altar by Fr. Jack Welch, O.Carm., Fr. Joseph Finch, Fr. Christopher Iannuzzio, O.Carm., Fr. Jack Collins, C.S.P, Fr. John Davis, O.P, Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. and Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. who acted as the Master of Ceremonies.  The Carmelite pre-Novices provided assistance with serving at Mass.  The event was attended by invited family members, guests and the Carmelite Sisters.  We remembered Sr. Stephen Immaculate, our 75th jubilarian,  who could not attend the celebration.  A reception was held at Carmel Hall with lots of music, dancing and the "Electric Slide" line dancing that garnered 2.3 million views and 47,669 shares on Facebook! You can visit our Facebook page below.

 https://www.facebook.com/saintteresasmotherhouse/

We congratulate our Jubilarians and thank them for the many years of dedicated service to our Congregation.  We thank God for the gifts that He has bestowed on each of them.

 

75th Jubilee-1942

Sister M. Stephen Immaculate Sodl, O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1957

Sister M. Veronica Therese De Lourdes Charlton, O.Carm.

Sr. Jean Ann Davis, O.Carm.

Sister M. Patrick Michael De Lourdes Kane, O.Carm.

Sister M. Carmel Cecilia O’Connor, O.Carm.

Sister M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes Raymond, O.Carm.

Sister M. Bernadette Therese De Lourdes Reilly, O.Carm.

Sister M. Brigid De Lourdes Riley, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1967

Mother M. Mark Louis Anne Randall, O.Carm.

Sister M. Joachim Anne Ferenchak, O.Carm.

Sister M. Timothy Anne Iovannone, O.Carm.

Sister M. Joan Rita Anne Jennings, O.Carm.

Sister Ann McCartney, O.Carm.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: SISTER CHRISTOPHER JUDE, O.CARM.

50 Years Jubilarians60 Years Jubilarians
All our Jubilarians60 Years JubilariansSister Carmel Cecilia 60 Years Jubilarian
Mass Entrance ProcessionMass Entrance ProcessionAltar with Priests
First Reading with Sr. Mary BrigidGospel Reading with Fr. Chris IannuzzioHomily by Fr. Myles Sheehan
Profession of Vows Sr. Mary Brigid De LourdesProfession of Vows Sr. Jean DavisProfession of Vows Sr. M. Bernadette Therese De Lourdes
Profession of Vows Sr. Carmel CeciliaProfession of Vows Sr. M. Joseph Catherine De LourdesProfession of Vows Sr. M. Veronica Therese De Lourdes
Profession of Vows Sr. M. Patrick Michael De LourdesProfession of Vows Sr. M. Timothy AnneProfession of Vows Sr. M. Joan Rita Anne
Profession of Vows Sr. Ann McCartneyProfession of Vows Sr. M. Joachim AnneProfession of Vows Mother Mark Louis Anne
Mass Offertory ProcessionMembers of ClergyMembers of Council and Clergy
Jubilee CakeJubilarians with Cake

  

 

 


 

 






Sister Irene Christopher Keene, O.Carm.- R.I. P

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Sister M. Irene Christopher, O.Carm. passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 6, 2017 in the 52 nd year of her religious life.

Julia Margarette Keene was born on September 2, 1945 in North Wildwood, New Jersey to the late Walter and Margarette (Schellinger) Keene. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Walter, and remained close to her sister-in-law, Sandra, who had visited during her illness. She is survived by her twin brother, Elden.

Sr. Irene entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965, professed first vows on April 15, 1968 and perpetual vows on July 22, 1974.  Her early assignments were all very brief and included St. Joseph’s Seminary, Sacred Heart Home, Madonna Residence, and Josephine Baird Home.  Her lengthier assignments were Ozanam Hall (1971-1986), Little Flower Manor (1986-1998), Villa Teresa (1998-2006), and finally, Carmel Manor where she had been since November 10, 2006.

Sr. Irene worked in activities for most of her religious life, but she spent the past 3 years providing pastoral care to the residents. She loved music, especially country music, and played both the organ and guitar. She also loved word puzzles, birds and all animals, especially “bunnies”. Material things meant nothing to her and she gave away everything she received. May the Lord’s words “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth….but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” ring true for all of us, as it did for Sr. Irene Christopher, who knew and understood that “where your treasure is, there is your heart.”

WAKE:

Wednesday, June 14, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mother of God Chapel  Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY41075

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Thursday, June 15, 201710:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

Fort Thomas, KY 41075

BURIAL:

Monday, June 19, 201711:30 a.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526

 


FALL Discernment Retreat 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink


 

  Date:  November 3-5, 2017  For Single Women Ages 18-40 

 ST. TERESA'S MOTHERHOUSE, 600 WOODS ROAD, GERMANTOWN, NY 12526

 

Daily Schedule Includes:
  • Holy Mass and Talks
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Evening and Night Prayer
  • Spiritual Direction (as available)
  • Time for Reflection, Prayer and Relaxation
Accommodations Include:
  • Chapel
  • Private Rooms
  • Lounge and Library
  • Spacious grounds overlooking the Hudson River for leisure walking and reflection.

Time of Arrival: Friday, NOVEMBER 3 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, NOVEMBER 3 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, NOVEMBER 5, after lunch 

Cost: $50.00 per person - Financial Assistance available upon request

Checks Payable to:  Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

RETURN TO:  Sr. Mary O"Donovan, O.Carm, St. Teresa's Motherhouse, 600 Woods Road, Germantown, NY 12526   Email: srmaryod@stmhcs.org  

Tel No: 518-537-5000    Fax: 518-537-4725

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MEET YOUR RETREAT MASTER

 

Fr. Ashley Harrington, O. Carm.

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Father Ashley is a member of the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Ordained in 1967, he spent his first years of priesthood teaching in Carmelite high schools in the Midwest and Canada. He was then appointed Commissary Provincial for the East Coast and served two terms. Father Ashley then became pastor at Norwood Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Tenafly, New Jersey where he served for 16 years. He then moved to Manhattan and was engaged in retreat work and adult education. Fr. Ashley is currently the Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Englewood, New Jersey.

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Carmel Manor Mass and Dedication

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Mother Mark, members of the General Council and other Carmelite Sisters attended the blessing of Carmel Manor's  new East Wing, the newly renovated St Joseph's Terrace and the outdoor memory garden.  The memory garden was donated by the Verst family.  Most Rev. Roger Foys of the Archdiocese of Covington, KY was the main celebrant.  Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, Kentucky is one of the Homes sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters.


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Mother Angeline Ministers of Care at Yonkers

Thursday, May 04, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Michael Guglielmo

April 29 saw the gathering of 35 parish volunteers from several churches in the Central Yonkers Cluster at St. Ann’s School Hall to learn more about Pastoral Ministry from the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. This event was sponsored by the Lower Westchester Advocates for Life, who hope to make an impact on the social isolation felt by many senior citizens and disabled persons in their community. The training from the Carmelite Sisters, using the Mother Angeline Ministries of Care program, brought the participants a long way toward achieving this goal. The Sisters were represented by Superior General Mother M. Mark Louis Randall, Sr. M. Peter Lillian, Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology and Sr. Michelle Anne Reho.

Next steps include identifying leadership for additional training and securing support from local pastors. For more information on these important ministries, please see:

The Avila Institute on Mother Angeline Ministers of Care.

Photos courtesy of Michael Guglielmo

 



 


 



A Visit to Armagh and Clonoe Ireland

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 | Comments (1) | Permalink

On their visit to Dublin, Ireland for the Board of Directors' meeting, Mother Mark, Sr. Maria Therese and Sister Cyril went to see Father Benny . Father is a close friend of the congregation and an avid proponent of Venerable Mary Angeline's Cause for Canonization.  They went to see the magnificent cathedral on the hill in Armagh. The sacristan was kind enough to give them an impromptu tour of the cathedral.  They also proceeded to Clonoe in time to attend noon Mass at St Brigid's in Brocagh with parishioners.  Some of these parishioners are members of the Irish branch of the Mother Angeline Society.  During this visit, Mother Mark was given a certificate of membership and pin. After Mass, the Sisters visited St Brigid's School, where Venerable Mary Angeline attended,  and gave those present Mother Angeline's photo.  The children rendered a song and two played the violin.  Father Benny took the Sisters for a drive to Lough Neah which was near the house where Mother Angeline spent her early years. Overall, it was a very full day!

In awe of the great Armagh CathedralArmagh Cathedral
Mother Mark at St. Brigid School
Presented with a certificate and pinVenerable Mary Angeline Teresa
Lough Neah
Sr. Cyril at St. Brigid School