On Saturday, September 27th, the Carmelite Friars of the North American Province of Saint Elias celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to honor our benefactors. It was a beautiful day in Middletown, New York and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel glistened amongst the beautiful array of fall colors. Although we gather each year to mark God’s generous love towards the Carmelite family, this year marks our 125th anniversary of the Carmelites’ arrival to New York. These Irish friars who braved the sea and landed on the shores of Manhattan, were quickly put into service to provide for the spiritual needs of Irish immigrants and patients in one of our first ministries, Bellevue Hospital. These Carmelite priests found a home on the east side and built a Church and friary known as Our Lady of the Scapular of Mount Carmel. Years later, their trust in God’s providence led to the Scapular militia which provided every American solider with a Brown Scapular during World War II.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY is honored to display a new portrait of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm., or Mother Angeline, as she is fondly remembered by the Carmelite Community. Below the portrait is a plaque with the inscription “Daughter of Carmel – Mother to the Aged – Friend of Priests, Pray for Us.” The original painting was done by Robert Whelan in 2011.
As the founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in 1929, Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa was able to offer a different type of care and ministry to the elderly. Her vision and mission bore fruit and her spiritual daughters, along with their lay staff, continue this same mission of compassionate care to the Aged and Infirm today.
In honor of the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the Carmelite Friars in New York City, the Province of St. Elias received a beautiful and unique pewter sculpture of St. Brendan the Navigator from the Provincial of the Irish Province, Very Rev. Martin Kilmurray, O.Carm. and our brothers in the Irish Province during a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin on Monday, July 7, 2014.
The 2014 St. Albert’s Alumni Picnic was a great success! On Saturday, July 25, 2014, over 60 alumni gathered in the Picnic Grove at St. Albert’s. Former students of St.
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