Carmelite Events

R.I.P Sr. M. Joan Rita Anne, O.Carm.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Sister M. Joan Rita Anne O.Carm. passed away peacefully on July 15, 2021 in the I.C.U. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston where she had been admitted on July 12 th.  Sr. Joan went home to the Lord in the 54th year of her religious life. 

Joan Rita Jennings entered the world in Amesbury, MA on February 14, 1934, the ninth of ten children born to Remsen and Robena (nee Seavey) Jennings.Sr. Joan is survived by her sister, Mary Bettencourt, and several nieces and nephews. Having entered the Congregation on September 8, 1967, Sr. Joan professed first vows on April 6, 1970, and made her final profession of vows on April 2, 1977. She served the Lord faithfully in each of the three missions she was assigned to during her years as a Carmelite Sister: Ferncliff Residence, Rhinebeck, NY (1970-1982); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester NH (1982-1997),and Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1997-2021). In past years, Sr. Joan was appointed to positions in admissions and social service among others, and in more recent years served in Pastoral Care, including as Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. She loved and was most faithful to Eucharistic Adoration, and having been at Marian Manor for twenty-four years she knew all the Priests, staff and family members.

A prayerful, quiet and gentle religious who patiently carried the cross of illness for many years, Sr. M. Joan Rita Anne gave of herself to the care of the aged and infirm in spite of physical limitations. As we suffer the loss of another of our Sisters, may our hearts be consoled in recalling all the good that Sr. Joan did while she was with us. We trust that her “home-coming” is filled with perfect peace and endless joy!


Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

St. Monica Church

331 Old Colony Avenue

So. Boston, MA 02127

Viewing prior to Mass from 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526


IN THE NEWS: Catholic New York

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink


Photo Courtesy: Sr. Christopher Jude, O.Carm.

Cardinal Dolan led a first profession ceremony July 10 at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown for two Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm. The nuns are Sister Mary Sharon Rose Carmel Mullin, O. Carm., and Sister Mary Dolores Carmel, O. Carm.


First Profession of Vows 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On July 10, 2021, Sister Dolores Carmel and Sr. Sharon Rose Carmel professed First Vows before Mother Mary Rose, Prioress General of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  The Eucharistic liturgy was held at the chapel of Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York was the main celebrant.  Also present were Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm., Rev. Matthew Breslin and the Carmelites of the Saint Elias Province from Middletown, NY. The occasion was made especially memorable by the families and friends of the newly professed who attended, as well as the Carmelite Sisters from the different Homes, where the newly professed spent their Postulancy and mission experience. Sr. Dolores Carmel's family traveled all the way from California to attend their daughter's First Profession. 

We thank God for the grace of receiving two new Sisters to our Carmelite Congregation. We pray for their perseverance and wish them happiness as they continue their journey in Carmel.  We encourage other young women to heed the call of Jesus to follow Him in the life of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity. Be Not Afraid!



Religious Jubilees 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

On June 5, 2021, Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York celebrated 75th, 70th, 60th and 50th religious jubilees of our Carmelite Sisters.  We were privileged to have Reverend Monsignor Drake Shafer from the Diocese of Davenport, IA as our principal celebrant.  Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. was the Master of Ceremonies assisted by the Carmelite Brothers of the Saint Elias Province in Middletown, New York.  On this day, our Jubilarians renewed their religious vows first made several years ago, in the presence of their families, invited guests and fellow Sisters. It was a beautiful and inspiring testament of mutual love and fidelity- God's and his chosen soul.

We offer our heartfelt gratitude to all our Jubilarians who have given so many years and so much of themselves to the service of God, the Church and our religious Congregation!    

Jubilarians of 2021

75th Jubilee- 1946

Sr. M. Xavier Frances Marchiony, O.Carm.

70th Jubilee- 1951

Sr. M.Robert of the Infant Jesus Romano O.Carm.

60th Jubilee- 1961

Sr. M. Lois Joseph Baniewicz, O.Carm.

Sr. Barbara Francis Higgins, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Titus Joseph Ramsbottom, O.Carm.

Sr. M. Jacqueline Joseph Wagner, O.Carm.

50th Jubilee- 1971

Sr. Marie Richard Carmel Brusca, O.Carm.

Sr. Diane Marie Mack, O.Carm.

PHOTOS COURTESY: Sr. Christopher Jude, O.Carm.


75th Jubilarian Sr. M.Xavier Marchiony70th Jubilarian Sr. M. Robert of the Infant Jesus Romano60th Jubilarians L-R Sr. M. Lois Joseph, Sr. M. Titus Joseph, Sr. M. Jacqueline Joseph
50th Jubilarians L-R Sr. Diane Marie, Sr. Marie Richard Carmel2021 JubilariansMother Mary Rose and Council Members with Rev. Msgr. Drake Shafer


Tuesday, June 01, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink


At 3:00 pm on Memorial Day 2021, the Carmelite Sisters participated in a national TAPS Across America event to honor our brave military men and women. We taped our short clip, taken from the steps of our chapel, and submitted it to CBS, as instructed. We kept our fingers crossed! We waited in anticipation, hoping that they pick our clip among the hundreds (or maybe even thousands!) other clips. And guess what? WE MADE IT! Watch the whole program. You can find us on marker 2:12!

Here's an excerpt and link from Norah O'Donnell's twitter post:

If you want to open it on YouTube, here is the link:


Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸


From the rooftops of our biggest cities to the country roads, Americans of all stripes joined together Monday for what is now an American tradition: Taps Across America.

⁦‪@SteveHartmanCBS⁩ is “On the Road” with those who came together in unison to honor military service members.
6/1/21, 7:01 PM



R.I.P Sr. M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel, O.Carm.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | Comments (2) | Permalink



Sister M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel O.Carm. Although in failing health, Sr. Patricia passed into eternal life unexpectedly on Sunday evening, May 9, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Manor, at the age of 84 and in the 65 th year of her religious life.

Born Ann Marie Markey in New York City on June 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ellen (nee McKenna) Markey, both of whom were born in Ireland. In addition to her Carmelite Sisters, Sr. Patricia is survived by several close cousins.

Sr. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel entered the Congregation on February 2, 1956, professed first vows on September 30, 1957 and final vows on December 8, 1962. She had extensive training in the field of nursing, including a Master’s Degree and was the only Sister in the Congregation to ever reach the level of Nurse Practitioner, completing the necessary studies at Pace University.  Her most recent Missions were St. Patrick’s Home (1980-1996), St. Joseph Nursing Home (1996-2014) and St. Patrick’s Manor (2014-2021).

Sr. Patricia served on the Commission for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother M. Angeline Teresa for many years and often purchased materials from the Mother Angeline Society to promote Mother’s Cause. She was also a great promoter of vocations to our Congregation, generously distributing vocation materials wherever she went.  She was well read and took the time to mail articles on various subjects to Sisters whom she knew would be interested in the particular topic.  And, in a society where less and less value is placed on human life, Sr. Patricia was a very staunch defender of the Sanctity of Life from conception to natural death.  Outgoing, sociable, and a seasoned traveler, Sr. Patricia was full of love for her Community and for the aged and infirm residents she served throughout more than six decades as a Carmelite Sister.

It was fitting that the Lord called Sr. M. Patricia of the Queen of Carmel to her heavenly home on Mother’s Day, where she experienced the joy of being reunited with her own dear mother, as well as the joy of looking upon the Mother and Queen of Carmel whose name she so proudly bore.


Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor 

863 Central Street 

Framingham, MA 01701 


V iewing prior to Mass

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:00 Noon

Cold Spring Cemetery (family plot)

Peekskill Road

Cold Spring, NY 10516

Due to COVID restrictions, please call Sr. Barbara Maloy at 914-388-3805 if you plan to attend any of the services.


R.I.P Sister M. Helen Rosarie, O.Carm.

Friday, April 30, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister M. Helen Rosarie O.Carm. passed away peacefully on April 29, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Manor in the 73 rd year of her religious life.

Rose Marie Helen Arakelian was born on October 19, 1932 to Krekor and Rose (nee Haytaian) Arakelian in North Attleboro, MA.Both parents were born in Armenia and later immigrated to the United States.  Having entered the Congregation on August 14, 1948, Sr. Helen Rosarie professed first vows on April 12, 1950 and final vows on December 8, 1954.  She graduated from St. Bernard’s School of Nursing, Chicago, IL as an R.N., later earning a BS in Healthcare Administration and an MS in Health Services Administration, and was a licensed nursing home administrator in Massachusetts and New York.

Sr. Helen lovingly and joyfully served the elderly in several mission houses, although her lengthiest assignments were at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1969-1979); St. Ann’s Home, Dover, NH (1980-1986); Marian Manor, South Boston, MA (1986-1992), Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1992-1999) and St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA. (2001-2021).  Found trustworthy in small matters, Sr. Helen was given greater responsibilities including the roles of Prioress, Administrator, and Assistant Administrator.

Her father’s occupation being that of a farmer, Sr. Helen liked to refer to herself as “the farmer’s daughter.”She loved her family and her Carmelite Community, enjoyed setting up for community events, loved to listen to music and was a good dancer.  She also loved walking on the beach for hours and picking up shells. Her catch phrase was “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”  Although she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and Sisters in Carmel, we trust that Sr. M. Helen Rosarie will remember all those whose lives she touched as she enters into the fullness of eternal life!


Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Family Chapel

St. Patrick’s Manor

863 Central Street 

Framingham, MA 01701


Viewing prior to Mass

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Wednesday, May 5, 2021 

Burial following the Mass

St. Joseph’s Cemetery

West Roxbury, MA



Carmelite Sisters Join St. Simon Stock Celebration

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Kevin Patricia, O.Carm.

The Carmelite Sisters of Saint Patrick's Home joined the Carmelite Friars in their belated celebration of  the 100th anniversary of the Carmelite Saint , St. Simon Stock.  The celebration was held at Saint Simon Stock- Saint Joseph Parish in the Bronx. Given the difficulties brought  by the pandemic, the  celebration was delayed from its actual day on May 16, 2020 to March 2021. It was a lovely celebration and it was great hearing again our early history with our Foundress Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, her Six Companions, and the Carmelite Father Flanagan who assisted the young Community's affiliation to the Carmelite Order.

Present at the altar were: Most Rev. Peter Byrne, D.D (Principal Celebrant), Br. Daniel Shuller, O.Carm. (Master of Ceremonies), Main Concelebrants Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Car. (Prior Provincial), Very Rev. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. (Pastor), Rev. Paul Richmond, O.Carm. (Parochial Vicar), Rev. Roberto Perez, O.Carm. (Prior) and Rev. Nelson Belizario (Former Pastor).  The relic of Saint Simon Stock was also presented.


EWTN Presents: Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa

Sunday, March 14, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

R.I.P Sr. M. Clare of the Holy Angels, O.Carm.

Friday, February 19, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sister M. Clare of the Holy Angels O.Carm. went to her eternal reward on the evening of February 15, 2021 in the 58 th year of her religious life.

Kathryn (Kay) Ellen Jagenow entered the world in Detroit, Michigan on December 19, 1942, one of eight children born to William and Clare (nee Kachnowski) Jagenow.  Sr. Clare entered Carmel on September 8, 1963, professed first vows on April 13, 1966, and professed perpetual vows on December 8, 1972.  In addition to Carmel Manor, she was missioned at Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1966-1967 and 1972-1973); St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati, OH (1967-1968 and1998-2018); Josephine Baird Home, NYC (1968); Mary Manning Walsh Home, NYC (1968-1972); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester, NH (1972); Villa Teresa, Harrisburg, PA (1973-1982); and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, NY (1982-1998).

Sr. Clare received special training in Food Supervision and Management and was assigned as a cook at Avila for many years, providing countless meals to our Sisters and guests.  She was generous with her time and was always willing to take the Sisters out for a drive or to go shopping. While missioned at St. Margaret Hall, Sr. Clare served in the Medical Records Department, as the Assistant to the Prioress, and as the Bursar, and was well known for the numerous home-made cookies she baked for the Home’s Annual Fair. A member of the Community Choir, Sr. Clare freely shared her beautiful singing voice and was a very good organist.

May the Choirs of Angels come to greet our Sister M. Clare of the Holy Angels and speed her to paradise. May the Lord enfold her in His mercy and grant her eternal life.



Friday, February 19, 202 at 110:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY 41075