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

The Difference is Love

Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory spent her early years in Northern reland 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. 

Marian Manor and the Carmelite System

In the Marian Year of 1954 Richard Cardinal Cushing invited Mother M. Angeline Teresa to staff a new home which would occupy the old Carney Hospital buildings on Dorchester Heights in South Boston. The 150 bed facility became known as Marian Manor.  In the 1960’s a building adding 100 beds was added and in 1974 a further 120 beds. At one time, the capacity was 376, but the trend toward elders remaining at home longer led to downsizing the facility to 215 skilled nursing and 7 rest home beds.  The Carmelite Sisters are presently looking to rebuild or replace the current facility with one which will better serve the needs of today’s elders.  In the meantime, the home is continuing operations as usual.

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