September 3- Foundation day
In September 1929, Mother Mary Angeline Teresa pioneered a different approach to the care of the elderly and infirm. In addition to fulfilling physical and spiritual needs, she stressed the importance of a home-like atmosphere that encouraged residents to maintain their personal sense of dignity and independence. To that end Mother Angeline founded a new religious community - the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. With six other Sisters she set about making her vision a reality.
Mother Angeline Teresa’s philosophy of care is the keystone of the Carmelite commitment. The Sisters labor to make each Carmelite Home a genuine haven of love and Christian joy, serving each guest as if ministering to Our Lord Himself. Through their lives of prayer and the dedicated men and women who share their commitment and serve the elderly, the Carmelite Sisters share the Gospel message with the people of God and bring His love and healing to the Aged entrusted to their care.
From this relatively new beginning the work of the Congregation flourished and the Community was invited to work in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and as far west as Iowa. Currently we sponsor and co-sponsor 20 Homes in the United States and Ireland.
On June 28, 2012, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, authorized the Promulgation of the Decree of Heroic Virtues. She is now known as Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.
We thank God for all that he has done for our Community, and thank him for all that he has done for his Church through our Sisters and the many lay Staff and Volunteers who work with them to care for God's aged children. We are forever grateful for the graces he gives each of us as we continue to carry out the mission entrusted to us. We pray the he calls many more dedicated women to answer the call to religious life in the service to the elderly.
|Saint Patrick's Home, Bronx, New York, "Where it All Began"|