Carmelite Events


Sister Helena - Thursday, May 21, 2015

by Sr. Rosemary Ann Rubocki, O.Carm.


      The focus of the new Mother Angeline Heritage Center is a sculpture of Mother Angeline sitting silently before the Blessed Sacrament.  The Carmelite mystics tell us that God hears best the silent language of love; and that quiet love speaks volumes to the world about the gift of life in all the Homes of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm through their Residents, Staff, Volunteers, Benefactors, and Friends throughout the years.

      Come, sit on the bench next to Mother Angeline as she opens her heart to the Lord and listen deeply to our loving God.  It is so appropriate that the sculpture of Mother Angeline and the Monstrance are outdoors in the elements, not protected from wind, rain, sun and snow, because that is indicative of the Charism of the Carmelite Sisters to be out in the midst of the difficult healthcare world advocating for our Aged in whom we recognize the presence of the “Living God.”

     “Do this in memory of Me” is the invitation of the Eucharist as depicted in the monstrance.  Powerful is the knowledge that:

            To remember is:   to take all of the Past, project it into the Future, and live it in the Present.

The Heritage Center is built in memory of Mother Angeline but the message carries far into future generations.

     Adjacent to the Heritage Center is the cemetery of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm where Mother Angeline is buried among her Sisters.  The Center houses the story of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm through the years.  The 84 acre property of “Avila on the Hudson” tells the journey that has gone through the years.  Walk the grounds of the Motherhouse, Novitiate, Retreat House, Generalate and Carmelite System in order to listen to the story they share with you.

     The sculpture of Mother Angeline before the monstrance sits outside because the horizons are yet to be developed.  Endless are the possibilities because only God knows as He waits for the “FIAT” of those who are to continue the Journey.

 As the Heritage Center has been blessed, let us REMEMBER and take all of the PAST (giving thanks for the LOVE of all those who have gone before us). Project it into the FUTURE (as we wait with HOPE for the great things that are to come).  Live it in the PRESENT (spreading the FAITH  in the “Gift of the Aged”).

May our Heritage Center stand as a witness to God who lives within and among us through our Faith, Hope and Love.

Thank you, Mother Angeline!





janice smircich commented on 23-May-2015 02:15 PM
We were at the dedication of Mother Angeline's Heritage Center. It was a beautiful day, and, as always the Sisters were most gracious. The article Sister Rosemary wrote was written from the heart and speaks volumes.
Sr. Sue Kilduski, OSB commented on 26-Jun-2015 01:29 AM
The bronze statue of Mother Angeline sitting just as she is speaks so much of who she was - a woman of prayer that gave her faith and courage to go and serve the many people who needed caring love as they grew to be elderly. She welcomed anyone to come and sit with her and she inspired her sisters to keep working hard for the care of the residents in their care. Having her sit before the monstrance is inspiration to all who know her and her extraordinary faith.

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