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R.I.P Sr. M. Therese of the Child Jesus, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Saturday, February 01, 2020



Sister M. Therese of the Child Jesus O.Carm. died peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home on the night of Friday January 31 st a short time after returning from the hospital where she had been for tests. Sr. Therese was in the 76 th year of her religious life.

Rosemary Anne Foley was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 19, 1929 to William and Elizabeth (nee Houston) Foley.She entered the Congregation on May 14, 1944 a few months shy of her 16 th birthday, received the habit on September 8, 1944, professed first vows on October 3, 1945 and professed final vows on December 8, 1950.She was missioned at Mary Manning Walsh Home (1952-1954); Josephine Baird Home (1954-1960); St. Margaret Hall (1962-1964); St. Joseph’s Manor (1964-1966); Sacred Heart Manor (1960-1962, 1966-1969, 1986-2009); Garvey Manor (1972); Carroll Manor (1972-1986), and, of course the place “where it all began” St. Patrick’s Home (1945-1952,1969-1972, 2009-2020).

Sr. Therese had a great sense of responsibility and was appointed the First Assistant and/or Bursar in several of her Missions. For many years she ministered to the residents in the areas of social service and admissions and demonstrated a strong sense of duty in carrying out her many responsibilities. She had a joyful spirit even in sometimes difficult circumstances and was loyal and trustworthy in every regard. Sr. Therese had a warm smile and was quick to laugh and have fun with the Sisters. She was prayerful, gentle and pure of heart, a beautiful religious who loved the Lord and gave herself totally to Him.

Having worn the Carmelite scapular throughout her long and holy life, and having died late on a Friday night, we trust that Sr. M. Therese of the Child Jesus entered into glory very quickly - on this the “First Saturday” following her death - a faithful Carmelite truly worthy of the Sabbatine Privilege.May her soul rest in peace….until we meet again.

Homily Fr. Mario Homily Fr. Mario (22 KB)


Thursday, February 6, 2020

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Home

66 Van Cortlandt Park South

Bronx, New York 10463



Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

 St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home

Bronx, New York 10463 



Friday, February 7, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526


Anonymous commented on 11-Feb-2020 07:34 PM
What a wonderful tribute, one of many. It was great to see Marge and Mary and all the connections that made at Sr. Therese’s wake. It was Sr. Therese who brought us all together once again. We know she is praying for all of us. God bless all who knew her. Sr. Kevin Patricia Lynch.
Marge Koons commented on 11-Feb-2020 09:03 PM
I had the joy and privilege of working with Sister Therese at Sacred Heart Manor in Philadelphia. Sister Therese was a very sweet, kind and loving woman. She was always smiling. Loved her laugh! She indeed was a very special part of Sacred Heart Manor along with the other Carmelite Sisters who ministered here or served on our Board. Mary Small Gershman, a former Admissions Director and worked at SHM for 25 years before retiring in 2016, and I attended the viewing of Sr. Therese in the Bronx last Thursday. Under the circumstances, it was a very joyful reunion for us and many of the Carmelite Sisters. It was almost as if ten years had not passed between us. The Carmelite Sisters left Sacred Heart Manor (which is now Caring Heart Rehabilitation and Nursing Center) the end of May 2009. The Carmelite Sisters will forever be rooted in us and the work we do each day. Their legacy remains with us... Comments are still made by those staff members who were here with the Sisters of how "we still miss the Sisters..."
Rest in Peace Sr. Therese, you so deserve your final reward for all the joy and care you brought to EVERYONE you met along the way. You will be dearly missed. Please keep an eye on all of us. You are
kate Thaeye commented on 14-May-2020 01:07 PM
I met Sister Therese in 1957 at Sacred Heart Manor In Philadelphia when I was in 7th grade and a Carmelette. She was warm and wonderful even though the group of us were a handful. Of course Sister Raphael O.Carm was also a Carmelette but very well behaved. I am sad at the loss of such a wonderful spirit, but I am comforted by her love of religious life. Farewell dear friend.

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