Carmelite Events

Saint Patrick's Residence National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by Cathy Carr

Saint Patrick's Residence, Marketing & Development Director

As we celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 13 – 18, we would like to share a St. Patrick’s Residence video we created to promote and thank our staff for the difference they make…The Difference is Love.

Palliative Care Defined

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Manor

Palliative care seeks to provide relief from the five domains of pain that persons experience when faced with a debilitating diagnosis. Palliative care is not reserved for those who are imminently dying, but allows each resident to receive the appropriate treatment that brings him/her comfort and the best possible care. Palliative care can be combined with curative care or with less aggressive care. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care or end-of-life care, which is reserved for those who are clearly dying.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have offered palliative care since 1929, and they felt it was important to formalize the palliative care they have provided throughout the years to preserve the mission and philosophy of their Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline McCrory. To do this, the Carmelite Sisters along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology began a pilot program with six of their homes where they serve, sponsor or co-sponsor. By working with these six homes and measuring their outcomes, a research-based program that seeks to ensure quality palliative care in long-term facilities was developed. The Avila Institute’s new, extensive palliative care training program includes a complete approach to implementing a program, staff training, and a series of assessment tools. To learn more about this program visit the website:


Bishop Cheverus Medal

Saturday, December 06, 2014 | Comments (3) | Permalink

Sr. Maureen McDonough, O.Carm. is administrator of Saint Patrick's Manor, a facility sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, located in Framingham, MA.  On November 23, 2014, Sr. Maureen was selected by the Archdiocese of Boston as a 2014 recipient of the Bishop Cheverus Medal which was presented during a Solemn Vespers Service of Evening Prayer at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  Read the letter below.

Letter from Archdiocese of Boston Letter from Archdiocese of Boston (103 KB)

HOMEGROWN :Stories from Home - St. Margaret Hall

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Saint Margaret Hall in Cincinnati, OH held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 24, 2014 to formally open their new Rehabilitation Unit.  The blessing of the new Rehab Unit was held November 3, 2014 by Bishop Joseph Binzer and Deacon David Klingshirn.




"Aging In God's Grace: An Article Interview

Friday, November 01, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Catholic Times published "Aging in God's Grace"(on page 10)- an interview with Sister Pauline Ross, O.Carm., administrator of The Mother Angeline McCrory Center- and "Retired Priests Remain Active. (on page 11)" 

 by Tim Puet

Reporter, The Catholic Times, Columbus, Ohio

Sister Pauline Ross, O.Carm, says a lifetime of working with people in the later stages of their lives has taught her that those who bring a sense of graciousness to the aging process are better able to cope with the changes it brings. “No matter who you are, you’re almost certainly going to face changes you didn’t expect as you get older,” said Sister Pauline, administrator of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor in Columbus, who has assisted people in dealing with those changes for 55 years as a member of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  

Cover Photo

Sister Pauline's Interview

Retired Priests Remain Active

Retired Priests Remain Actice- Continuation

Renovations Meet Rehab Needs at Mary Manning Walsh Home

Friday, October 11, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by by Juliann DosSantos


With bright windows encompassing the space, the newly renovated short-term rehabilitation space at ArchCare at Mary Manning Walsh Home makes the often-hard task of rehab more pleasant. The 6,000-square-foot, short-term rehabilitation center on the 14th floor of the complex has been completely renovated, including new therapeutic equipment, a simulated apartment for relearning activities of daily living, a car transfer simulator and other enhancements. “It’s just spacious and so bright,” said Sister Sean William O’Brien, O. Carm., the nursing home’s executive director. She is one of the Carmelite Nuns of the Aged and Infirm who serve at Mary Manning Walsh Home.


Garvey Manor Foundation Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Joann E. Kasun, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Garvey Manor & Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence

Foundation Day 2013 celebrations at Garvey Manor included residents, family members and staff gathering for a tribute to Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa with the  focus of the theme the Core Value of ‘Shared Commitment’.   After a video narrative of Mother Angeline’s childhood and early life, residents presented roses, which arranged near Mother’s picture.  After an explanation of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock and the significance to Mother Angeline since it occurred in her native land, Ireland, Staff presented ‘golden’ roses which were arrange near Our Lady’s statue as the hymn to Our Lady of Knock was played.  Refreshments reflective of Mother Angeline’s heritage: Irish Scones, Scottish Shortbread and American Cream Puff along with tea and coffee were enjoyed by all present.

The individual letters of the words ‘SHARED COMMITMENT’ were personalized by staff in various departments of the facility to reflect aspects of their ministry as contributing to the whole.

  Sr. Brendan Sean poses with resident.

  Sr. Joachim Anne, administrator, hands a rose to resident.


"Kinder than Kindness"- From Legacy to Leadership Workshop

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink
What constitutes Mission? What are the values that construct an organization and maintain its Mission?  What is true Leadership? Who are your Leaders? What are the requisites for Leadership?   These were some of the questions addressed at “Kinder than Kindness” From Legacy to Leadership Workshop held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York on March 18-20, 2013.  The workshop was sponsored by the Avila Institute of Gerontology, the educational arm of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm The event was attended by both Carmelite Sisters and Lay Staff administrators and assistant-administrators.  Our speaker this year was Catherine R. Seeley, MA, who founded the Caring Well Institute in Lowell, MA, a center for health care education and learning.  She served as a leader in healthcare and was Vice President of a hospital, and a member of the America College of Healthcare Executives. Catherine formerly served as the Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital in New York.  She is currently a national and international lecturer in transitions, loss and crisis management, clinical and corporate ethics, human development and communication.  During the course of the workshop, the “Path to Leadership” program was officially launched.  This online program was developed with the goal of enhancing leadership for the Mission according to the legacy and vision of the Carmelite Sisters’ Foundress,  Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa.  Twila Weiszbrod, DBA, MPA, BSHA, director of the Health Administration program at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine joined us by phone to provide detailed information on how to get started with this program. It was an exciting and full days of information, sharing, liturgy and fraternity, all geared to recommit to our legacy of caring for the aged and infirm through continuing education. For more information, visit   Welcome Sign   Day One: "Values: The Bedrock of Who We Are"   Meeting the Participants   Sr. Teresa Stephen (L) and Sr. Patricia Margaret at The Mother Angeline Society table items   Beth Selig (AIG) helped coordinate the workshop along with Erin Pietrack (not pictured). Workshop Participants   Catherine R. Seeley, MA (speaker) with Sr. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O.Carm (Director of Avila Institute)  

Blessing of the New Kahl Home, Davenport, Iowa

Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Comments (0) | Permalink
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Feast of the Assumption, the new Kahl Home was blessed by Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport, Iowa.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with a light breeze rippling the corn fields next door.  Sixteen Carmelite Sisters and administrator Rosalie Thomas were joined by representatives of the Board of Directors, Catholic Service Board, architect and construction firms and many others in the Kahl Home family at the dedication Mass.  Bishop Amos anointed the new altar with oil and incensed it during the Mass.  All heartily sang the Mass hymns and after the recessional made their way to refreshments in the coffee shop/pub area.  Tours were then given, and all appreciated the careful thought and planning which went into every detail of the new facility.  The former Kahl Home stood on a high hill overlooking the Mississippi River, and while that view will certainly be missed, the new facility offers the smaller neighborhood concept, private rooms complete with bathroom and shower, lovely secure courtyards, country kitchens and common spaces.  Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa would be happy that this new facility is geared toward resident comfort and meets the needs of the times.  Congratulations to all who planned, built, and are preparing the home for the arrival of the residents on the 20th.                        

Carmelite Sisters In Action

Friday, July 06, 2012 | Comments (0) | Permalink