Dear Members of the Mother Angeline Society,
Greetings and peace to you as we draw close to the fall season. During the summer, all of you and all of your intentions were remembered in a Novena of Masses offered in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We remain grateful for your unflagging spiritual and financial support, and for helping us to make Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm., better known and loved. She is a sure helper in many situations, and an inspiration for all those who know and venerate her.
August 15, 2017 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Diocesan Phase of the process for the beatification and canonization of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa. The promotion of the Cause began in 1989, five years after Mother Angeline’s death, when the Holy See accepted the request of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and the then bishop of Albany, the Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, to initiate the Cause. The first Promoter of the Cause was Father Eugene Robitaille, SS.CC. Upon his death, Father Jude Mead, C.P. became the first Postulator of the Cause and did so much of the preparatory work and research that made the Cause move forward. In Rome, Ireland, France and throughout the United States, materials were gathered and organized and with the help of many of the Carmelite Sisters, particularly Mother Mary Gabriel, all the plans for the opening of the Diocesan Investigation were made. Sadly, Father Jude was called to his eternal reward before the August 15th Ceremony, but since his death I have been privileged to assist in the Cause, first as Diocesan Postulator, and now as Vice Postulator.
Today, a quarter of a century later, we are still laboring for Mother Angeline’s Cause, buoyed by the declaration of Pope Benedict XVI on June 28, 2012, that she is now Venerable and practiced the Christian virtues to a heroic degree. For this Anniversary and the progress that has been made to make Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa known and to promote her Cause and Charism, we give thanks to God, sincerely and profoundly, for we have all learned so much and received so many graces and insights. But, for this anniversary we also offer prayers for a renewal of the energy of the Cause, and commit ourselves to continue to look for new ways and means to make Mother known. We pray sincerely for favors as a result of her intercession, and trustingly hope that a miracle will show itself so that she can be beatified. We depend upon you, the members of the Mother Angeline Society to help us in this task. Pray to Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa fervently and often. Introduce her to others, sharing your newsletter and other literature. Enroll friends and family in the Society, and continue to help with this most worthy Cause.
Thank you for your support. Join the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in this 25th year and every year, in saying “thank you” to the good Lord for the gift of Mother Angeline, and pray with us that the Cause may be “renewed” with a new spirit and ardor. God bless you and Mary keep you always.
Very Reverend Mario Esposito, O.Carm. – Vice Postulator