The Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was founded by Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Mother Angeline Teresa sought to respond to the needs of the American elderly in a home-like environment. The Congregation was founded during the time of the Great Depression, a difficult time for all, especially the aged.
On September 3, 1929, Mother Angeline Teresa and her 6 companions founded a new Congregation. The Archbishop of New York, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, recommended that the Sisters be affiliated to an already established religious order. By August of 1931, the Sisters were affiliated with the Carmelite Order.
Saint Patrick’s Home, the first permanent foundation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, has been providing loving care to the elderly since 1931.
After a brief time, it became evident that the newly formed Congregation needed a permanent home. The former R.C.A. building, in the Bronx, was found to be suitable for residents after modifications were made. Thus, Saint Patrick’s Home was born. In the words of Mother Angeline, a home for the aging “…should strive to satisfy the physical, social and spiritual needs of each resident.”*
Following the tradition of Mother Mary Angeline, a new modern facility was opened in 1989. The new building allowed for the expansion of programs and services to meet the changing needs of the elderly.
For over 80 years, many have come to call Saint Patrick’s Home their home. The same spirit of loving dedicated care continues to inspire and direct the actions of the sisters, staff, and volunteers.
* Mother M. Bernadette de Lourdes, O. Carm; (1984); Woman of Faith, Foundress Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm; (p. 254); USA.
Our belief is that each person is special, a unique being, created by the Almighty as the object of His personal love. Since life is a gift from God, the human person is worthy of respect and dignity in all stages - from conception to death - and entitled to quality in care of the whole person, body, mind, and soul.
Our belief is that quality of operation can be maintained by the combination of religious and lay persons committed to the goals of a Christian community. In providing compassionate care, Carmelite Sisters and all those persons complementing our ministry are accountable to strive for excellence in performance and adherence to professional and regulatory standards.
Our belief is that all who render services within the facility deserve to be treated with respect for their own personal worth and dignity. Those in managerial positions are entrusted with the obligation to provide staff with opportunities for professional and personal achievement and job security through fair compensation and good working conditions based on principles of social justice.
Our belief is that we sustain each facility as a viable organization within a pluralistic society; fulfilling our social, legislative, and community obligations and insisting as a matter of conscience, that our expressed moral positions and corporate rights be upheld.
Our belief is that we are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ, in that human life is precious and should be preserved whenever possible and that death is the prelude to eternal life.
Our belief is that we have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide pastoral care for all persons associated with our health care facilities – residents, families and staff. In the spirit of ecumenism, we respect the religious beliefs of those with whom and to whom we minister, however we uphold our philosophy and mission.