“The Mission of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm is not only to staff and operate up-to-date homes for the aged, but to bring Christ to every elderly person in our care. Bringing Christ means giving them His compassion, His interest, His loving care and His warmth. It means inspiring the lay people who work with them to give the same type of care.”
– Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O. Carm., Foundress
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Have you ever wondered what inspires someone to enter religious life? If so, you might want to consider getting to know the Carmelite Congregation better through an Affiliate Program that is offered by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. In this program, interested young women are able to participate in the Sisters’ life of prayer, community and in their active ministry on a volunteer basis. Their activity stems from their prayer, and it is their intimate union with Jesus that allows them to go forward and continue their healing ministry to all those entrusted to their care.
To learn more about the journey of becoming a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm, please Click Here.
To learn more about becoming a Carmelite Sister, please contact Sister Mary O’Donovan, Director of Vocations at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Anthony - Director of Mission Integration
I was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, second oldest of ten children. My first memorable experience of God was while watching 'The Song of Bernadette' while in 1st Grade. This stayed with me throughout my childhood years and, while in high school, I made the decision to enter religious life. After the completion of nursing school, I entered the Community in September, 1975. Bringing the face of God to those entrusted to our care is such a privilege! If I can add a moment of joy or peace to their day, I have accomplished God’s purpose for me.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I come from a large family of thirteen children. I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a Sister. In the eighth grade, I started volunteering at a nursing home in Brooklyn where I developed a love of helping others, especially the elderly. I entered the convent and took my final vows as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm on April 14, 1980. Being a Carmelite Sister allows me to bring love, compassion, and Christ to others.
Sister Mary Elizabeth
I was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania along with my seven siblings. Prior to becoming a Sister I continued my education in nursing. On August 28, 1953 I entered the convent and took my final vows on December 8, 1980 to become a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. Being a Carmelite Sister has enabled me to share my talents, gifts and time with the elderly I serve every day.
I was born in a more rural area of the Joliet diocese - the eldest of 9 children. I attended St. Mary Carmelite grade school and later St. Patrick's grade school - and Joliet Central High School. My first contact with the Carmelite Sisters was at St. Patrick's Residence when it was in downtown Joliet - I began working as a CNA 11-7 shift while going to the local college during the day. Meeting some of the sisters and seeing their joy in their ministries to the residents inspired me! I was also interested in Carmelite spirituality. I was received into the order in 1976. My other interests have been in animals (I got my horsemanship certificate at age 50!) reading, music - and staying in contact with my family and friends who have been a huge blessing and support to me throughout this journey!
Kate Marrero, Administrator
Kate joined St. Patrick’s Residence in January of 2020. She began her career in senior living working in a variety roles for the last 14 years such as Social Service Director and Nursing Home Administrator . Kate attended North Central College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts at DePaul University, where she received her Master in Arts . She became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Illinois in 2012. Kate's passion is to strive for the highest quality of care at St. Patrick’s Residence.
Libby Rusink, BSN, RN-Director of Nursing
I was born in Minnesota and moved around until we ended up in Michigan. I was not the person that grew up wanting to be a nurse but I did always feel called to help others. My junior year of high school I asked my mom what am I supposed to major in? I had so many ideas. She said be a nurse and it was the best decision I have made. I attended Olivet Nazarene University and graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I have lived all over and have worked in many areas of long-term care. I have two girls who are my world and 2 dogs who make life interesting and fun. My passion is ensuring that the residents receive the best care and making sure that we have trained staff that are caring and able to take care of the residents here.
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