Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

                                                               Christmas "Wordle"

Christmas Message from Our Postulants!

                                               Sr. Trish, Sr. Julie, Sr. Ann Patricia and Sr. Rebeca
                 "Spreading Christmas cheer to all our Sisters on this blessed Christmas eve!"


Advent Activities


                                                          Ginger bread cookies!

                                             Writing Thanksgiving "Thank You" notes

                                   Novitiate Infant Procession is a long held Carmelite tradition 
                                                         honoring the Infant Jesus

                                                         The Advent Jesus procession


Mission Bound

Our Novices received their much anticipated news of where they will spend their Mission Experience!  As part of their continuing formation, senior novices are sent to one of the facilities served by the Congregation to continue the mission experience began during postulancy of caring for our Residents. 

Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline looks forward to going to Marian Manor in South Boston, MA.

Sr. Luke Mary said that she is packed and ready for Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, KY.

Sr. Hope Therese is happy to spend her mission experience in Carmel Richmond, Staten Island, NY.

And Sr. Maureen Paul was ecstatic to be going to a warmer climate in Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence in West Palm Beach, FL! She misses her New Mexico climate.

We wish our dear Novices a blessed and happy Mission Experience. They leave Saint Teresa's Motherhouse on January 31, 2014!  In the words of our Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, "Sisters, are your shoes shined?"


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!!

                                        Sr. Rebeca and Sr. Julie are "Christmas- Ready"

                                                A  Postulant balancing act goes a long way

                          A Christmas tree is not complete minus one ornament

                                   Community time with some help from the little guy!


Party With Santa!

                                     Sister Rebeca with Santa

                                         Sister Lois with Santa


National Catholic Youth Conference, Indianapolis, IN

       Posing with Sr. Mary Grace of Terre Haute, IN Carmel.

                   Met some women from Ohio. They liked our hats!

                                                Free Hugs!

 Sr. Maria Therese talking to a youth about the struggles of living the faith

                                              Scapular buddies!


                                            Altar for Mass
                         Met some familiar Carmelite faces!

                       Closing Mass for 23,000 participants!


Packed and Ready to Go!

Our Postulants, Sr. Rebeca, Sr. Julie and Sr. Trish, along with Sr. Lois and Sr. Maria Therese, were on their way to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  The Conference was held November 22-23, 2013.

                     The much needed rest for the journey!

        Sr. Trish & Sr. Rebeca took and sent pictures for the folks back home!


Some Like It Hot- Very Hot!

Sr Maureen Paul just came back from New Mexico and brought the heat back with her with these peppers! Sr. Mary Catherine was the obliging assistant.


So Long! We'll Be Back!

Our Novices are on their way to visit their families after having completed their first year of religious formation as Novices.  They have become Senior Novices and they wear the title with pride! (good pride that is)  They make their way by land and air to visit parents, brothers and sisters in Western New York, Colorado, New Mexico and Bronx, New York.  We wish them safe travels and trust that their guardian angels will bring them back!  Have a wonderful time, Sisters!


Celebrating Jubilees at the Motherhouse!

October 5th saw a big celebration at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse as five of our Avila Sisters celebrated their 60 and 50 years as Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  Of course, the Postulants and Novices were invited and had a great time!  Now, who said being a Sister is no fun?

                                                               The Jubilee Cake

                               Front Row: Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Julie, Sr. Rebeca
                               Back Row: Sr. Luke, Sr. Trish, Sr. Hope, Sr. Maureen

                    Sr. Hope & Sr. Maureen enjoying a conversation with Sr. Bernadette Marie

                         Sr. Rebeca showing Sr. Jean a hand sign as Sr. Trish laughs

                                    Sr. Jean with Sr. Luke, Sr. Rebeca and Sr. Trish

                                                     Gotcha, Sr. Hope Therese!

                                       Sr. Rebeca shares Sr. Hope Therese's cake!

                                       The Novices took Sr. Cyril to the dance floor!

The celebrations put the icing on the cake as Novices set-off in the morning to visit families and the Postulants go back to their Mission experience in Framingham, MA.




On the Feast of Saint Francis, the Novices and Postulants, received a visit from Sr. Francis Patrick and her pet parrot Oatie.  He has a reputation of being a smart talking bird, throwing words like "God bless you!" when someone sneezes, or "Are you okay?" when Sr. Francis Patrick is not herself.  Whether this amazing skill is true or not, was put to the test, when Novices, Postulants and their Formators gathered during recreation to test the famous bird.  Did Oatie pass the test??

                                Sr. Rebeca & Sr. Hope were surprised when Sr. Helena  
                                                     walked in with the camera                          


Waiting for the "Oatie moment" ........

                              Sr. Lois patiently gave the Carmelite pep-talk ........

                             Sr. Mary Catherine even tried a few tricks of her own .......

                                 Sr. Patricia got up to bid goodnight (the final trick)

                                      Someone sneezed .. "God bless you!" Oatie did it!!