Carmelite Events

New Postulant Enters Carmel

Saturday, October 05, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On October 5, 2019, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm welcomed in their midst a new Postulant! Katie Nicosia is well known to our Congregation as she had been a regular participant of the SALT Program.   In a simple Entrance Ceremony, she made an Act of Consecration to the Mother of God and Queen of Carmel and received the brown scapular of Carmel with these words:

"Most Holy Virgin, Mother of God and Queen of Carmel, I consecrate myself to your service. I choose you for my Mother and Queen. Accept me as your child and receive this offering of my body and soul, of my mind and heart, of all that I am and possess. Through you, I offer my entire life to the service of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Take me under your protection and give me your blessing, O most dear Mother. Protect me agaist temptation, deliver me from danger, assist me in my trials, and help mereach that blessed day when I will become a "Bride of Christ" and receive the holy Habit of Carmel. Then, fortified by your blessed gift to Carmel, the Brown Scapular, may I bring glory to God, to you, and to our Community. Amen.

We ask God's blessings and the intercession of Mary, our Mother, to be with Sr. Katie as she takes these first steps of her journey to Mount Carmel!

The Novices and Formators gathered for a prayer service organized by Sr. Lois Ann, Sr. Katie's  Postulant Director.  The prayer service was followed by opening of gifts, an enjoyable socials with cookies, tea and lots of fun!

UPCOMING EVENT: Vocation Weekend Retreat

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink



If you are discerning a possible religious vocation to the Carmelite Order in service to the care of the elderly, come and join us for a weekend of silence, prayer, conference and time with the Sisters at their beautiful Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Our four young women featured below joined the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 8, 2018, Feast of the Nativity of Mary.  They come from different backgrounds but are joined together by the common desire to follow the Call of Jesus in the way of the Carmelites and their love for the aged and infirm.  They share a little bit about themselves and what drew them to the Carmelites, and in particular, to this Congregation.

Sister Holly Procko

My family is originally from New Jersey though most of them now live in Florida.  I have lived in New Jersey, Virginia and Florida.  Germantown, New York reminds me a lot of the area I grew up in.  I have one older brother who lives in Florida.  My professional background is as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  I worked in the field of Special Education for over ten years.   I was drawn to the writings of various Carmelite Saints, and then by the ministry, when I met the Sisters.  They were very welcoming and I felt right at home.


Sister Morgan Mondello

I grew up in Tampa, FLorida.  I am the middle sibling of three. I have two younger sisters.  I have volunteered and interned at various nursing facilities throughout my college exrerience. I mainly worked with memory care residents. I am also certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). I knew that I wanted to work with the aged and infirm and was discerning religious life. I fell in love with the Carmelites after attending the SALT Program the Summer of 2017 .


Sister Sharon Rose Mullin

I grew up in Middletown, New York and am blessed to have two wonderful parents and the best little brother a person can ask for. My parents are devout Catholics and made it a priority that my brother and I be raised with the Catholic Faith.  It was further ensured by having an uncle who is a priest and a cousin who is a Dominican Sister.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and an Associate's in Applied Science (Nursing) from Orange County Community College. I became a Registered Nurse earlier this year.  I grew up less than a mile from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my parish is served by the Carmelite Friars of the Province of St. Elias.  I often joke that I spent the better part of my childhood trespassing on their property! I have always been surrounded by Carmelite Spirituality so Carmel holds a special place in my heart.  A Carmelite Father suggested I visit this community. I have been dreaming of religious life and searching for five years. Once I came here, I knew I was home.

Sister Doris Benitez

I was born in Southern California on February of 1993.  I have six other siblings and I fall somewhere in the middle.  My parents emigrated to the United States after the Civil War that occurred in El Salvador.  Something I really appreciated growing up was my parents' hard work and their appreciation and gratitude for what they had.  On several occasions, it was shown with family parties and Cumbia music.  My greatest memories were the visits of grandparents which were special because they would come from El Salvador.  My grandmother especially would have us pray the Rosary which we could only keep away from if we pretended to be asleep. She was so patient with us but corrected us when she had to which we all loved as her grandchildren.

After high school I attended my neighborhood community college- Santiago Canyon College.  Then I was transferred to Ave Maria University and received my Bachelor in Economics.  While working in a Donut Shop, my boss recommended I stay and help him grow in his  family business as the General Manager.  It was one of the best decisions I made during the time. I had the freedom to travel around the country in my leisure time. Even greater was the time for the SALT Mission Program.

While flying to Jerusalem, I asked God that I wanted to do something more meaningful that involved traveling. Then I noticed a friend request from SALT Missionaries on my Instagram App.  From there I then completed a mission experience at the Sisters' facility of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor in Columbus, Ohio. The story of St. Elijah inspired me. It was in the way that he heard God in the silence that resonated in my heart. That silence opened my heart for a closeness I was afraid of and am continuing to reach. Even more, spending time with the residents reminded me of my childhood where I spent beautiful hours of talking and reading to my grandparents in Spanish.  This Community has a clear vision of the love for the elderly seen through the eyes of Christ. I understood that when I read a quote of Mother Angeline (the Congregation's Foundress), "We are privileged to take care of the dying Christ in His Mystical Body."




Christian Concerts Blasts!

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Article Story / Photos/ Videos Contributed by Sister Christopher Jude, O.Carm.

Sister Deirdre and I attended a Chris Tomlin Concert ""Worship Night in America" on April 12, 2018 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.  The center was packed with everyone on their feet singing along with Chris Tomlin.  After the concert, we met a group of young ladies who told us they were "nuns" in their school play, "The Sound of Music." One young lady was so excited that her T-shirt- "Addicted to Jesus"- showed up in this picture.


You can feel the energy as you watch the Chris Tomlin performance on the videos below:



On April 23, 2018, Sisters Maria Agnes, Mary of Jesus and I had the opportunity to see Hillsong United perform LIVE in Boston, MA.  This Grammy Award Christian Praise and Worship group was inspirational and of course "loud"!  Everyone was up off their seats- hands raised- praising "Jesus our King."

On April 26, 2018, Sister Catherine and Sister Fidelis Therese were happy to join the audience at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center at a Christian music concert of Casting Crowns.


FALL Discernment Retreat 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 | Comments (0) | Permalink


  Date:  OCTOBER 12-14, 2018  For Single Women Ages 18-40 



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, OCTOBER 12 from 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm (Dinner will be offered at 5:30 pm))

Retreat Begins:  Friday, OCTOBER 12 at 7:15 pm 

Retreat Ends:  Sunday, OCTOBER 14, 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:  

Tel No:  (convent) 518-537-5000  (Cell) 845-768-2303  Fax: 518-537-4725


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Catechetical Forum in Monroe

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sr. Mary Anne Dennehy, O.Carm.

On Saturday, along with Michael Guglielmo, I attended the Archdiocese of New York Catechetical Forum at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe where ArchCare was a sponsor/exhibitor. I had been unable to attend the session in the Bronx, but this was my second year in Monroe. In addition to distributing and discussing ArchCare program information, I was able to do quite a lot of networking and dissemination of vocation material and information on Venerable Mother M. Angeline Teresa. Our Carmelite Fathers Justin and Francis were presenters and novice Brother Von attended as a participant.


Meet Our New Vocation Director!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm.

I have been in Religious Life for the past 35 years.  I spent 16 years in New York after Final Profession of Vows and returned to Ireland to serve in Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin.  I spent 19 years working there as a licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist.  Earlier this year I received a call from our Mother General asking me if I would be willing to take up the post of Vocation Director for our Congregation.   Like the disciples in the boat, I felt the fear mounting as the rough waters of transition loomed in the distance.  The task ahead is huge but I know that there is a power within me greater than myself and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  I pray that in the days ahead the Spirit of the Lord may fall afresh on me, renew me, fill me and use me, so that I may become a source of living water where others can come and quench their thirst for Jesus. The great news about this work is that it is God’s work, not mine, and so “lower the nets for a great catch”.  Glory be to Him whose power at work in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or dream.

Moving Forward In Hope: Key to the Future

Friday, February 15, 2013 | Comments (0) | Permalink

 This Year of Faith and of New Evangelization proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is an appropriate time to think of and talk about vocation to Religious Life.  As the Universal Church enters further into the invitation of inner conversion by its members and of sharing the fruits derived from this experience to others, Religious Life is in the same way confronted by the invitation to self-examination, conversion and transformation, aimed at meeting the changing needs of the times.  In 2009, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) sponsored an in depth study of the current state of Religious Life in the United States.  The study yielded statistical information which became known as the CARA (Center for Applied Research in Apostolate) Study. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm conducted a workshop at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse on February 14, 2013 aimed at bringing the results of this study to the Congregation at large.  The program was designed to be part of a larger strategic plan to promote a climate of awareness and members participation in the challenging task of vocation work.  The all-day workshop is the first of many same meetings which will be held in the local houses of the Congregation.  The ultimate goal is to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the present and to develop best practices which will carry us on to the future- new memberships, renewed commitment to God, one’s religious community and  Ministry. We are grateful to have as presenters Holy Cross Brother Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C, and Sister Jeanne Gocha, C.S.J.

Sisters gathering for the "Moving In Hope" workshop.

  Words of Introduction and Welcome from Mother Mark Louis Anne, Superior General

   Brother Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C, was Presenter.

  Sister Jeanne Gocha, C.S.J, was Presenter.