“Apostle of Mercy to the Aged” This theme was chosen in order to highlight the mercy which Mother Angeline demonstrated in her loving and generous care of the elderly, the vulnerable, and the infirm. As the Church celebrates the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, it seemed natural to recall the mercy which characterized the virtues of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, shown in the charity, magnanimity and forgiveness that marked her living and her ministry.
On January 21, 2016, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm celebrated the life of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and the 32nd anniversary of her passing to eternal life with a Eucharistic celebration held at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse. The Most Reverend Brendan Comiskey, Bishop Emeritus of Ferns, Ireland, was the celebrant and homilist along with four members of the clergy who joined the celebration. Also present were members of the McCrory family, invited guests of the Carmelite Sisters, Carmelite friars and their novices.
Bishop Comiskey shared an encouraging insight in his homily on the centrality of mercy in the life of the Venerable. The ‘secret’ of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, according to the Bishop, was her having made the Word of God the source and inspiration for her life, vocation, and mission. Furthermore, it is not enough to think of her exemplary life with grand admiration, but more importantly, to contemplate the goodness of God who accomplished great things in her and through her.