The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
are a religious order 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 1920's, while working among the aged in Brooklyn
, she came to dislike the institutional flavor of existing homes, and sought to provide greater freedom for the residents.
Her concept of care for the aged was a pioneering one. 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. The Sisters also operated day care for the elderly of the neighborhood. At present, there are approximately 200 Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm who operate 24 homes caring for 5,200 elderly persons.
After her death in 1984, Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm. was proposed for beatification.
- "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