Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

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The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm are a religious institute begun in 1929 by Mother Angeline Teresa (Bridget Teresa McCrory). The order is there to discern the differing needs of the aged, and to satisfy those needs to the best of their ability, also to provide for the continuation of the order and the mission of the order. At the Jubilee of Mother Angeline Teresa in 1964, she said that in the 1920s, while working among the aged in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, she came to dislike the institutional flavor of existing homes, and sought to provide greater freedom for the residents.


Her concept of cares for the aged was a pioneering one.[1] The homes operated by the order added rehabilitation maintenance and recreation to the basic custodial care provided by homes for the aged. The homes allowed aged couples to share a room, unlike many homes, and sought to provide the atmosphere of a middle class private home. The goal was the maintenance of their dignity.[2][3] The Sisters also operated day care for the elderly of the neighborhood.[4] At present, there are approximately 200 Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm who operate 24 homes caring for 5,200 elderly persons.[5]

After her death in 1984, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm. was proposed for beatification.[6]


  • "Cardinal lauds center; Blesses additions to Home for Aged in the Bronx" New York Times, 9/29/1936, pg. 30
  • "Home for aged dedicated; Catholic institution named for the late Mrs. T.J. Walsh," New York Times, Jan. 7. 1952, pg. 17.
  • "Spellman to open facility for aged; will dedicate new wing for St. Patrick's home-Church council moves in fall" New York Times, 6/6/1959, pg. 14
  • "Milestone in nursing; 350 geriatric residents to be served at new Mary Walsh Home on 71st Street" New York Times, 9/24/1967, pg. 78
  • "Resident-centered care: Teresian House takes a team-based approach to care for the elderly", Gould, Marianne Osborn, Health Progress, Nov/Dec 2001 . Viewed 9/21/2006
  • Pastva, Lorretta "The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm," Editions du Signe, Strasbourg, France, 2000


  1. ^ "Nun to the aged marks Jubilee; Mother Angeline honored by 37 Prelates," New York Times, 3/20/1964, pg. 26
  2. ^ "Mass is celebrated for Catholic order," New York Times, 9/22/1954, pg. 5
  3. ^ "Mother Angeline McCrory, 91," New York Times, 1/23/1984, pg. B6
  4. ^ "New home for the aged; $2,250,000 Baird edifice is dedicated by Spellman," New York Times, 3/21/1955, pg. 27
  5. ^ *Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
  6. ^ "Saint of the month, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm., foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm" Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Carmelite Missions, June 2005, viewed 9/21/2006

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