Carmelite Events

Cardinal Dolan Visits Saint Teresa's Motherhouse

Thursday, September 05, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On Tuesday, August 27, we were blessed to have a visit from Timothy Cardinal Dolan and his secretary Fr. Stephen Reis.  After speaking with Mother Mark and Council in the White House (where the Prioress General and her Council stay) and making a visit to Mother Angeline's chapel, the Cardinal offered Mass at 11:45 a.m. in the Main Chapel.  Sisters and available staff attended, and lunch followed in the Refectory.   As always, the Cardinal was warm and personable, and all enjoyed his exuberant presence and the privilege of attending his Mass. On his way out after lunch, Cardinal Dolan and Fr. Stephen said prayers at Mother Angeline's grave and were offered a very quick tour of the Heritage Center. He promised the Novices he would offer their Profession Mass, so hopefully he will make a return visit.



Sories from Home: Celebrating 90th Anniversary of Foundation

Thursday, September 05, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Photos: Holly Keller, BSW, PCA

Director of Development, Garvey Manor & Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence

Hollidaysburg, PA

On September 3, 2019, the Carmelite Sisters, Staff members, Residents and Family members of Garvey Manor Nursing Home and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence celebrated the 90th anniversary of Foundation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak at the facility's Saint Joseph's Chapel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS)



Photos: Sr. Maureen Elizabeth, O.Carm.

On September 3, 2019, the Carmelite Sisters, Staff members, Residents and family members of Mary Manning Walsh Home celebrated Foundation Day. A special Mass was held and our own Sr. Maureen Elizabeth made special wreaths with Venerable Mary Angeline's badges on them. They were visible as families signed in for their visits and were given out in a basket with a sign about Foundation day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS)


VIDEO NEWS: Care for the Elderly at Carmel Terrace

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Saint Teresa's Motherhouse Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by Mother Mark Louis Anne, O.Carm.

“On the warm and steamy morning of July 16, the Avila Sisters joined with Fr Jim Hess, Bill Clark and Geoff Miles in blessing and breaking ground for a new Cottage building on the Motherhouse grounds. Geoff’s family, Penny Yungfleish and McCagg company staff were also in attendance. The present Cottage, which sees a lot of use for Sisters and visitors, is beyond the state where it could be renovated so a new building is planned that will up the quality of Avila’s hospitality. May St. Joseph guide the hands of our builders.


Homegrown: Story from St. Patrick's Home

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sr. Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Sr. Diane, Sr. Kevin Patricia and Sr. Shawn Bernadette posed for a very happy birthday greetings with Saint Patrick's Home resident. The photo was taken in front of hand-painted wings by MaryLou DeMaio and her daughter Page for Employee Appreciation Day. The painting continues to be a source of joy for residents, staff and guests alike who see it during their visits to the Home.


Homegrown: Stories from Home

Monday, July 01, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Story Contribution by Sr. Lois Ann Wetzel, O.Carm.

Our Sisters participated in the Rosary Walk for Life sponsored by the Diocese of Albany. It was a beautiful day with a good turn out of faithful persons committed to promoting the Culture of Life.  Our own Sr. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O.Carm. was the guest speaker. 



Story Contribution by Sr. Margaret Therese Jackson, O.Carm.

On June 26, 2019, Nun's Day, Sr. Teresa Stephen, Sr. Mary Suzanne, Sr. Margaret Therese, Sr. Maria Agnes and Sr. Mary Vianney attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Go Sox!



Sister Philomena Anne Renews Vows

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Joachim Anne, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

We had a beautiful Mass for Sr. Philomena Anne's renewal of vows on June 8, 2019. Msgr. Robert Saly, Garvey Manor's chaplain and Sr. Jacinta Mary, O.Carm., local Prioress, officially received Sister's vows.  We had a wonderful congregation of people. Sister’s father, Robert Schill, was present for the Mass and did the first reading.  Sister Philomena and her dad carried up the offertory gifts. It was an honor for us all to be at the Mass and to celebrate this wonderful event!

Sr. Philomena's father Joe Schill

IN THE NEWS: Garvey Manor

Monday, May 20, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo : Altoona Mirror

Staff Writer: Patt Keith

Mirror photo by Patt Keith Registered Nurse Jamie Pendersen checks 92-year-old Garvey Manor resident Richard Gildea’s breathing.


HOLLIDAYSBURG — Residents at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies receive care from an educationally diverse mix of nurses, said registered nurse Becky Wilson, director of nursing.

The facility employs 90 certified nursing assistants, 35 licensed practical nurses and 20 registered nurses, she said, noting that 132 residents of the skilled nursing area and the 36 residents of a secure dementia unit need the most care and residents in 54-personal care apartments the least.

Wilson, of Altoona, has made a 19-year career at Garvey where she started as a CNA, became a registered nurse and held various positions before landing the lead position.

“I never expected to stay here my whole career, but I have,” Wilson said. “I know and love the residents. They put a smile on my face.”



A Special Mass and Concert for Mother Angeline McCrory

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution by David McCrory


You are invited to join the McCrory Family in Rome!

A special Mass and Concert in honor of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory,O. Carm

"If you have to fail, let it be on the side of kindness. Be kinder than kindness itself to the elderly."

Date: May 26, 2019, Mass at 12:15 pm

Sacred Early Music Concert and a new song written for Mother Angeline at 3 pm

Santa Maria in Traspontina

Via della Conciliazione, 14c, 00193 Roma RM, Italy.

“Mother Angeline McCrory”

In Tyrone’s fine county, a land of great bounty, I first set my eyes on Mother Angeline.
As she prayed to her savior, there was no one braver, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
She left home for France, where she jumped at the chance,
To help the poor folk and old folk, with all of their needs. She joined in the Order, Little Sisters of the Po’or.
With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
Then she crossed the great ocean, with heartfelt emotion, to bring her sweet healing, to the aged and infirm.
Through the Sisters she led, her legacy spread, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
When kind Angeline died, the world stopped and cried, And the Pope in fair Rome said we honor her life.
First Beatification, then canonization, With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.
A-live, A-live Oh. A-live, A-live Oh. With compassion and kindness, A-live, A-live Oh.

Contact David McCrory at for more information.

Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy Mother Angeline Concert in Rome, Italy (124 KB)


Month of May Crowning at Saint Patrick's Home

Monday, May 13, 2019 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story Contribution: Sister Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick's Home

Saint Patrick's Home honored Our Lady during our May Crowning held at our facility.  The Eucharistic celebration included our residents' choir, students from the Avila Institute of Gerontology Spiritual Care Program who participated in the readings and distribution of Communion and some of the children from the local community. One of the girls crowned Mary. Refreshments were provided from our Café after Mass.