Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm – Founding and Core Values
Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory spent her early years in Northern Ireland and Scotland and after entering and professing vows with the Little Sisters of the Poor in France, was assigned to homes in America. She developed a great love for the American people and wished to care for them according to living standards in the United States. When this was not possible within the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, with the guidance and assistance of Patrick Cardinal Hayes of New York, she and six other Sisters began the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 3, 1929 in an empty rectory in Upper Manhattan, New York. The Sisters now sponsor, co-sponsor or serve in 20 facilities in the United States and one in Dublin, Ireland.
In Carmelite homes, Sisters and staff alike seek to carry out Mother Angeline’s philosophy of care. She stressed the dignity and worth of every older person and the need to provide more than an up to date facility. In her words we must bring Christ to every older person, “giving them his compassion, his interest, his loving care, his warmth morning noon and night. It means inspiring the lay people who work with us to give the same type of loving care.” This is summed up in the Carmelite Sisters’ slogan “The difference is love” and their core values of Hospitality, Compassion, Sanctity of Life and Shared Commitment.
Proud to Serve the Elderly
In 2013, as the result of strategic planning, the Sisters of Providence made the decision to sell their 69 bed Providence Care Center in Lenox. The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm became aware of the availability of the home and were impressed with the caring and mission- oriented spirit of the staff. They then acquired the home in October of that year and renamed it Mount Carmel Care Center. The transition took place at a lovely para-liturgical ceremony, and, with the seamless transition of sponsors, the legacy of mission -driven Catholic healthcare continues in the lovely Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
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