Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.
Mother M. Angeline Teresa (Bridget Teresa McCrory), the Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was born on January 21, 1893 in Mountjoy, County Tyrone, Ireland. When she was seven years of age her family migrated to Scotland and at the age of nineteen she left for France to become a Little Sister of the Poor.
In 1926, she was assigned to a home for the aged in New York and felt the European customs did not meet the needs of the American elderly. Her efforts at change were not accepted by her Congregation so she sought advice of Patrick Cardinal Hayes. In order to accomplish what she felt God was calling her to do, and with the blessing of the Cardinal, Mother Angeline and six other Sisters withdrew from the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor. They were granted permission from Rome to begin a new Community for the care of the aged and infirm incorporating Mother Angeline’s ideas. When established in 1929, The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was the first American Community of religious women founded solely to care for the aged.
On January 21, 1984, Mother Angeline Teresa went to her eternal reward. She had the great consolation of seeing the Congregation grow beyond her expectations.
On June 28, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed Mother Angeline’s heroic virtue and issued a Decree declaring her to be Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.