Today marks the death of Mother Angeline McCrory (1893-1984), foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm. Born in County Tyrone, Ireland, she joined the Little Sisters of the Poor at nineteen. She was soon assigned to the United States, working in homes for elderly. In 1929, with the support of New York Cardinal Patrick Hayes, she started a new community dedicated to working with the elderly and the sick. In 1931 the community affiliated with the Carmelites. Their first motherhouse was at St. Patrick’s Home in the Bronx. Her ideal was a modern residence that would be a real home, where residents could live with dignity. “We have an obligation,” she told her sisters, “to radiate Christ all about us.” She also asked them:
Try to see Christ in each of the old people entrusted to your care. Be kind to them as you would be to Christ Himself, and endeavor to meet their needs with all the love Mary must have shown in caring for her new born Babe in Bethlehem.
By the time of her death, the community had over three hundred sisters working at thirty homes in America and Ireland. Mother Angeline’s canonization cause is currently under consideration.