by Sr. Dianna Maring

I spent the last half of my time as Postulant in Carmel Terrace which is one of the assisted living facilities operated by our Congregation in Massachusetts.  I was rotated in various departments but most of my time was spent in the Activities department. This was probably my favorite assignment because I love activities! Their independent lifestyle allowed them to be more involved in complex games. They participated in games like French themed BINGO where the residents have to call out a French word instead of BINGO.  Another game was guessing the answers to riddles and mysteries, and also going out to short trips like the local Wal-Mart.  I found that meeting the needs of the more physically active and cognitively intact residents can be difficult but it can also be a lot of fun! This type of residents was the population our Foundress, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, accepted in her days and really got the Community started!

My next assignment was in Spiritual Care or Pastoral Ministry. This mostly involved visiting residents and giving them a comforting and supportive presence. Sometimes they may want soft music played, a story or poetry read to them, a card game, someone to talk to, or just a quiet visit and companionship. Of course my favorite thing to do was to pray with them. I saw prayer as their chief need. My chief concern was their spiritual wellbeing. Their souls were the most important thing to me. In order to help the soul we need to consider the whole person.

Then, I was a general volunteer on the Alzheimer’s wing.  I loved our residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and loved working with them! Having a grandmother who passed away from early onset dementia, I have a strong compassion and empathy for these residents. Again, it is important to provide holistic care, and to meet their needs.  I learned that engaging them at their level of reality is important because their reality is different from ours.   A kind word or a hand to hold means more to them than we can ever know. I really felt the Lord’s presence in residents that spoke very little or not at all. These silent tabernacles were truly witnesses of the suffering Christ.

I cannot believe my Postulancy is almost over!  Time seems to have flown by.  My other companions, Sr. Cathie, Sr. Heather, Sr. Maureen and I will shortly become novices and receive the Carmelite habit on October 1st, Feast of St. Therese, who is my favorite Saint! If having a vocation has taught me anything, it is trust in the Lord. If things don’t work out the way you thought you wanted them to, then rejoice! God has something better in store for you. He knows what he is doing. There is no need to worry about anything. He uses all things for good and everything happens for a reason even when we can’t see or understand the reason.  I am learning to trust in Him! I am in complete awe of my vocation and all the graces, gifts, and blessings the Lord has given me. I have never known such great peace and joy! This has been a beautiful journey that continues to sanctify me by increasing my faith, hope, and love. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. I am eagerly looking forward to the next step in my faith journey in Carmel when I become a novice!
I echo the words of the Psalmist, “Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.  Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust that God will act and make your integrity shine like the dawn, your vindication like noonday.”
( Psalm 37:3-6)



The Postulants will be leaving St. Patrick's Manor and returning to St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY on Saturday, September 15th.  On October 1, 2012, Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Sr. Cathie, Sr. Heather, Sr. Maureen and Sr. Dianna, will be received as Novices in a private ceremony to be held in St. Teresa's Chapel. They will be attending a Retreat on September 23 - 29th to spiritually prepare for this solemn occasion. 

The Novitiate is a two-year period of time during which the Novice explores on a deeper level what it means to be a member of our Carmelite Congregation. The resolve and suitability of the Novice is further discerned. There is concentration on developing a solid spiritual foundation. The Novice receives the Habit of Carmel comprising of a brown tunic, brown scapular and a white veil.  She also receives her religious name.

Their names in religion are Sr. Luke Mary Angeline (Heather Lukose), Sr. Mary Catherine Angeline (Cathie Hinkle), Sr. Maureen Paul Angeline (Maureen Sullivan), and Sr. Hope Therese Angeline (Dianna Maring).

Congratulations Sisters!  May Our Lady of Mount Carmel bless your journey in Carmel and may your religious life be abundantly blessed!

Top Row-L to R: Sr. Heather & Sr. Cathie, Bottom Row L to R: Sr. Dianna & Sr. Maureen



The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm recently celebrated Foundation Day September 3, 2012 at Saint Patrick’s Manor.  The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap.  was the main celebrant and it was a great honor to have him among us!  This Foundation day was extra special this year as our Foundress was recognized by Pope Benedict XVI with the title “Venerable” on June 28, 2012. Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa founded our community eighty three years ago in 1929.  It has been a wonderful mission experience for all of us these past six months, learning about our mission of care for our elderly from the Staff and Sisters at St. Patrick's Manor, and to witness their love and dedication.  Our Foundress would be proud of the way her philosophy of care is being lived out at St. Patrick's.  Soon we will be returning to the Motherhouse to begin our Novitiate.  Stay posted!

Sr. Cathie, Sr. Heather, Sr. Maureen & Sr. Dianna bringing the gifts

Cardinal Sean O'Malley with Postulants


International Eucharistic Congress

by Sr. Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm.

 It was a wonderful privilege for us to attend the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June this year. It took place in Ballsbridge, a suburb of Dublin named after one of our Lord Mayors, Bartholomew Ball, who died in 1568. His wife Blessed Margaret Ball, one of the Irish Martyrs was arrested by her own son (also Lord Mayor of Dublin) in approximately 1580 for sheltering priests in her home, she died of cold and neglect after several years in a wet dungeon in Dublin castle. Before her death she had forgiven her son.
My father who was raised in Ballsbridge had wonderful memories of the International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 1932, and spoke with great pride about how Count John McCormack the famous Irish tenor sang Panus Angelicus with such reverence and faith, so it was really a great honor when Sister Mary Donovan O. Carm asked me to give testimony to my journey into Religious life with The Carmelite Sisters for The Aged and Infirm at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012.
As you are aware from our Web Site the Carmelite Sisters for The Aged and Infirm care for the elderly, our senior people who need care. We run 19 homes for the elderly in the United States and one in Ireland at Our Lady’s Manor, Dalkey. There we have 118 beds, where senior people who need assisted living or skilled nursing care, and people convalescing after hospital admission are cared for. It is challenging but great work. With long term care you have the privilege of getting to know each Resident very well, to witness their courage in trying to cope with illness, loneliness, failing health, and simply not being able to do all the daily things I would take for granted, like being able to leave the dining room or chapel as and when you want, having to ask for and then patiently wait for assistance. You see how the Residents watch out for and care for one another, making room at the table in the coffee shop, never leaving anyone out of the conversation. ‘Thank you’ are words I hear often for all the little things as I think that is what I am here for. You are often stopped for a little conversation, a joke or for example a compliment about your new white shoes!! Bringing Holy Communion to the Residents bolsters my faith, old men with severe memory loss immediately remove their caps and repeat ‘Lord I am not worthy…’, retired Sisters with difficulty walking and cognitive impairment join the hymn and have the words of all the verses, a worried great grand-mother asks you to pray for her great grand-son age 19 years who is back packing in India and doing a six week retreat in a Buddhist Temple on his own, and then tell you they are praying for you.   
Six Sisters along with a very dedicated Staff care for all the Residents. At the beginning of the day the Sisters come together for Morning Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and then we have breakfast together. We are on the floor in the Nursing Home for 8.00 AM. Holy Mass is at 10 AM following which we help the Residents to the Coffee Shop, bring Holy Communion to those Residents who would like to but are unable to come to Mass in the Chapel, and return to our individual work for example rounds with the doctors, seeing the Residents who have any problems e.g. health problems, helping a Resident with their computer e.g. to access to the internet, hosting a discussion group, Bingo or a Music Appreciation session, serving lunch in the Dining Room etc. We meet for lunch at 1.20 PM. After the day is over we meet again for evening prayer and Rosary, and we enjoy supper together and a chat about the day, news of family and current events. One or two of the Sisters will be available to talk with the Resident’s family members or help the staff with any problems for an hour or two in the evening and the other Sisters are free to walk, read or spend some time with The Lord.
It is a wonderful life, so if you feel that God may be calling you to the consecrated life caring for our senior people, don’t ignore God’s Call, look into it, ask about it, contact us and come and see if it is for you. 

Sr. Mary Josephine & Sr. Mary Donovan at Eucharistic Vocation Stand

Sr. Mary Josephine Crowe, O.Carm
Sr. Mary, Sr. Mary Josephine, Sr. Therese Suzanne