Carmelite Events

Homegrown: Story from Home: Teresian House

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Story and Photo Contribution: Sr. Sean Damien, O,Carm.

Since we aren’t able to have our Annual Memorial Mass for our deceased residents we had a “virtual “ Memorial service. Family members who would ordinarily be with us in our Chapel were invited to a live stream of the event which remains available on line. Those of us able to be there felt joined to the family members in celebrating the lives of their loved ones.


Homegrown Story: Sr. Philomena Anne Renews her Vows

Monday, June 08, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Garvey Manor

Story Contribution: Garvey Manor Nursing Home

Please join us in congratulating Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy O. Carm. for the renewal of her vows this past Sunday, June 7, 2020 in St. Joseph's Chapel, Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA.
"For the honor of God, and moved by a firm resolve to consecrate myself more fully to Him, and to follow Christ more closely in my whole life, here and now, before Sister Jacinta Mary, Delegate of the Reverend Prioress General, I, Sister Mary Philomena Anne of Divine Mercy, vow for one year Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity, according to the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. I give myself with whole heart to this religious community so that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, I may seek perfect charity in the service of God and the Church."


Homegrown Story: Saint Patrick Home and "New Normal"

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

Photo Courtesy: Saint Patrick Home, Bronx, NY


The ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic dominates the headlines around the world. As the Carmelite Sisters, who serve our frail elderly in long term care facilities, we adjust to infection control guidelines established by federal and state authorities to protect our vulnerable residents. Saint Patrick Home does just that. Creative ways of conducting activities most important to our residents and making sure for continuity of care while implementing social distancing, a "new normal" has evolved as you can see from these photos!

Social Distancing while playing BingoSr. Kevin Patricia announcing Bingo televised with residentsResidents social distancing playing Bingo
Carmelite Sisters reciting the Rosary televised for Residents in their roomsSr. Luke Mary offers Spiritual Communion prayer in Spanish.
Sister Dianne crowns Our Lady televised for our Residents in their roomsSr. Bernadette Therese
Carmelite Sisters at the Crowning of Our LadySt. Patrick Resident crowning Our Lady
Staff member at Happy Mother's Day display
Pastoral Care and Recreation Team on Mother's DayServing ice cream on Mother's Day- The New Normal


Homegrown Stories: Beating the Corona Virus

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Comments (1) | Permalink

As healthcare workers and scientists work hard to beat the Corona Virus pandemic, our Sisters are doing their best to contribute to the efforts of  containment and prevention of disease, each in their own way.  With social distancing and lock downs as the buzzwords these days, we share some photos of some creative efforts made by some.

Featured Photos: Carmel Terrace Residents, Framingham, MA and Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, Germantown, NY. (Used with Permission)



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Carmel Terrace 4Sr. Joseph Marie cuts materials for making masksSr. Paul Anthony making masks
Sr. Patricia and Sr. Dolores making masksSr. Sharon Rose cutting out vacuum filter bags
Sr. Jean with great fabric sample for making masks

Story from Home: Ozanam Hall Celebrated Mother Angeline's Anniversary

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 | Comments (0) | Permalink

Photos and Story Contribution: Sr. Madeline Angeline, O.Carm., Ozanam Hall Nursing Home

Ozanam Hall celebrated the 36th death anniversary of their Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa on January 21, 2020. Bishop Witold Mroziewski , Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, was the invited celebrant and homilist.



Homily Bishop Witold Mroziewski Homily Bishop Witold Mroziewski (177 KB)

Visiting Our Lady of the Martyrs Shrine, Auriesville, NY

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Comments (1) | Permalink

 by Sister Katherine Theresa Twitchell, O.Carm.

A "Homeless Jesus" was  on display at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs for the 130th anniversary of the North American Shrine in Auriesville, NY. Renewal Sisters, Novices and Postulant visited the shrine and were all very moved by the life size sculpture of the "Homeless Jesus." Timothy Schmaltz who is the artist of the statue was present at the celebration and telethon. Timothy explained that the sculpture which was inspired by the Gospel message in Matthew 25 suggests Christ being with the most marginalized in our society. This sculpture will be in its way to NYC next week to be blessed by Pope Francis.



Symposium on New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Comments (0) | Permalink

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

A new book entitled "New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity" is now available for purchase at bookstores near you.  The book presents the analyses of data obtained from the 2009 NRVC/CARA study on religious life. The authors of the book: Dr. Mary L. Gautier is a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.  She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University.  Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN. is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, a professor of sociology and religious studies, and co-director of the Billiart Center for Social Justice at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has written extensively on Catholic parishes and religious life.

The Symposium held at the Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois on September 20, 2015 was the second of four scheduled gatherings in different states based on the findings presented in the book.  This event was attended by over 100 Sisters belonging to different religious institutes and NRVC Staff members.  The presentation included topics on The Changing Demographics of U.S Catholics and Institutes of Women Religious; Generational Differences among Women Religious; Where do we go from here?; Q&A and Panel Discussion with young religious women from four religious institutes.

I participated in the gathering along with Sisters attending the Sabbatical Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. IL.  We enjoyed the presentation and expertise of the authors as well as meeting new friends.  The next gathering of the same will be held October 10, 2015 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA and January 23, 2016 at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, CA.

New Book Based on Two Studies done on Religious LifePoster for the EventDr. Mary L. Gautier
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Brother Paul Bednarczyk, Executive Director of NRVCSr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Participants BreakPanel of Young Professed Sisters
Participants with Dr. Mary GautierDominican University, GroundsSymposium Hall