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Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa: Anniversary of Death and Birth 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Carmelite Sisters celebrated Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory's 37th anniversary of death and 128th anniversary of her birth on January 21, 2021. The Eucharistic liturgy was offered by Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. Vice-Postulator of her Cause for Beatification and Canonization.  The event was held at St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.  It was attended by the Avila Sisters and was streamed LIVE to the public. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and public safety guidelines, the McCrory family was not able to attend the celebration. It was with great anticipation and joy that the story of our Venerable Foundress was shown by EWTN on the same day in a program called "They Might Be Saints."  It is our hope and prayer that God will grant our great desire to have this woman, courageous in adversity, be numbered among the Saints of the Catholic Church and give glory to Carmel and the Universal Church! Father Mario's homily can be read below.

Father Mario Homily 2021 Father Mario Homily 2021 (304 KB)

Prayer for Advancement of Ven. Mary Angeline Teresa's Cause for Beatification and Canonization:

“Almighty and eternal Father, we thank you for the inspiration You gave to your daughter, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, to establish the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, and to provide loving care for countless elderly men and women with compassion and a respect for their dignity and a regard for life in all its stages. If it be Your gracious will, grant that the virtues of Mother M. Angeline Teresa may be recognized and provide a lasting example for your people. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen."

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


Celebration of the Birth and Death of Mother Angeline | January 21, 2021 from Avila Institute of Gerontology on Vimeo.

R.I.P Sister M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes, O.Carm.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021 | Comments (0) | Permalink



Sister M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes O.Carm. passed away unexpectedly at Ozanam Hall on the morning of January 5, 2021 in the 64 th year of her religious life. At the time of her death, Sr. Joseph was serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Ozanam Hall in Bayside, NY.

Catherine Cecilia Raymond was born on December 6, 1939 in New York City to Joseph and Catherine (nee Coughlin) Raymond. Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1957 at the age of 17, Sr. Joseph received the habit on March 2, 1958, professed first vows on April 20, 1960, and made perpetual profession on March 28, 1965. She generously served the elderly in the Homes she was assigned to in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan and New York.

In addition to graduating from nursing school, Sr. Joseph earned a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Social Services and a Masters in Gerontological Counseling. She was also a licensed nursing home administrator. In 1986 she was appointed the administrator of Ozanam Hall, and later served as CEO. Sr. Joseph was elected to the General Council at the Congregation’s 9 th General Chapter (1990) and elected Vicar General at the 10 th General Chapter (1996). In 1999, she undertook the challenge of starting the Carmelite System for the Aged and Infirm, and laid a strong foundation for the Carmelite System’s later growth.

Sr. Joseph had a beautiful singing voice, loved camping and fishing, and also had a fondness for hats and pockets! Although she would never have sought recognition for herself, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn submitted Sr. Joseph’s name to receive the Benemerenti Medal, and Pope Francis selected her to receive these Papal Honors which were awarded on September 19, 2020 for her “long time service to the People of God of the Diocese of Brooklyn.”

The Lord called Sr. Joseph from her youth to follow Him and blessed her with a strong faith, a brilliant mind, strong determination, a quick wit, and a loving heart. We owe her a debt of gratitude for all she has been to our Congregation, and above all we give thanks and praise to God for the life of our beloved Sister in Carmel, Sr. M. Joseph Catherine De Lourdes.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Saint Kevin's Church, 45-21 194th St.

Flushing, NY 11358

Viewing prior to Mass from 9:45 am to 10:15 a.m


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 AT 2:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa'[s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526