Who Are the Carmelite Sisters?

Mother M. Angeline Teresa

Mother M. Angeline Teresa

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm share a vision that love makes a difference in the world. Part of the Catholic Church, the Carmelite Order was founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, based on her desire to care for people during the autumn of their lives with love, joy, and purpose.

A New Order

Mother M. Angeline Teresa (Bridget Teresa McCrory) was born on January 21, 1893 in Mountjoy, County Tyrone, Ireland. At seven, she migrated with her family to Scotland, and at 19, she left home to become a Little Sister of the Poor (an order dedicated to caring for the destitute aged). In 1915, she was sent to the U.S., and in 1927, she was appointed Superior of a Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the Bronx, New York. As Mother Angeline dug into her work in the Bronx, she saw the way that old age strikes all classes of people, and leaves them alone and frightened. She also saw that the European way of caring for the aged she was brought up with wasn’t a cultural fit for the U.S., and she believed that personal worth and dignity mattered, at all ages. She wanted to do more for the people of New York, and Patrick Cardinal Hayes of New York encouraged her to develop a new Congregation to accomplish what she felt called to do. So, with the Cardinal’s blessing and permission from the Catholic Church, Mother Angeline and six other Sisters withdrew from the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor and founded the order of the Carmelite Sisters on September 3, 1929. In Mother Angeline’s own words: “Our apostolate is not only to staff and to operate up-to-date homes for the aged, but as religious it is to bring Christ to every old person under our care. Bringing Christ means 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.”

The Carmelite Sisters Today

Today, Carmelite Sisters are diverse in age, background, and training, but are united in the belief that life is precious, from the moment of conception to its natural end. Our story is tied to the story of every man and woman at the autumn of life — their joys and sorrows, their pains and consolations, their love of family, their hopes and dreams, their search for God and their finding Him. It’s about holding the hand of an aged person and giving meaning to their lives.

Read more about the Carmelite Sisters here