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Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm - Founding and Core Values

Angeline Teresa McCrory StatueVenerable 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.

The History of Carmel Terrace

Early in the 1990’s, the concept of Assisted Living began to more fully develop in the field of long term care. Assisted living facilities developed to meet the needs of older persons who did not require skilled care but could no longer remain at home.  The Congregational leadership of the Carmelite Sisters at that time responded to the suggestion that an Assisted Living component be considered for the campus of St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA.  After the completion of preliminary studies, work began on the building which offered 65 apartments of various sizes and configurations. Carmel Terrace opened in 1995, and four more apartments were added at a later date.  The facility connects with St. Patrick’s Manor so that residents may easily visit back and forth.

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