Welcome to Carmel!

Sr. Heather was born to a very traditional Catholic family in India.  She has four brothers and two sisters all of whom are currently living in Bronx, New York.  Both her parents are deceased.  She came to the United States through her brother in March 1993.  She then pursued her education completing a Pharmacy degree in Long Island University College of Pharmacy.  She has worked as a licensed pharmacist in many facilities in New York.
Sr. Heather thought of religious life in her teenage years but decided to ignore the attraction at the time.  In the course of her professional life, she enjoyed interacting with people and learned more about human suffering, giving her an insight about life.  Sister attended a discernment weekend at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in 2010 and then pursued the road to the religious life in our Congregation.


 Sr. Cathie was born in Jackson, Michigan, the youngest of eight living siblings.  Her parents were married 65 years before her mother passed away in March 2008.  Sister Cathie  acquired part of her Catholic education with the Felician Sisters.  Sister lived in Italy for many years doing some social service work and then moved to Aurora, Illinois in 1997.  Sr. Cathie is a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Phlebotomist.  She holds an Associate Degree from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
When Sr. Cathie was asked what drew her to Carmel and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in particular, she wrote: “Carmel is a life of contemplation in action, love for Our Lady and a strong Eucharistic prayer life.  I was drawn to working with the elderly with respect, conscientiousness, and joy.  The Sisters wear a traditional habit and the Community has an acceptance of older vocations.”

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