What was Mother Angeline’s first automobile?

A second hand Model T.  When Bishop John J. Dunn died, his car, a 1951 Cadillac was given to the Sisters with a vanity plate 2U-7, (For the 7 founding Sisters)which Mother kept. (from the book, The Servant of God Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm.)

Gifted 1951 Caddy “75”

How many children were in Mother Angeline’s family?
Mother was the second of five children in the McCrory family, two of whom died young.

Mother Angeline with her brother James who died at the age of 18.

What is depicted on the McCrory Coat of Arms?

“The McCrory Coat of Arms includes blue, symbol of loyalty and truth; green, symbol of hope; bright yellow, for generosity and elevation of mind; and white, for peace and sincerity. The motto: Res, non Verba (“Deeds not Words”) was embodied by Mother – a person who believed and proved her belief by her actions and her performances in bringing forth her concept of a dynamic and progressive Congregation which could provide appropriate and quality care for the elderly.” (from Woman of Faith)

Of the founding Sisters, was Mother Angeline the oldest?

No. Mother Angeline was the youngest of the seven Sisters, born in 1893. Mother A. Alodie was born in 1890, Mother M. Louise in 1874, Mother M. Teresa in 1887, Mother A. Alexis in 1883, Mother M. Leonie in 1877, and Mother M. Collette in 1878. (from the book The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm)

What confirmation name did Mother Angeline select at age ten?


Mother Angeline was a very good player at which board game?


Which foreign language could Mother Angeline speak fluently?

FRENCH (Le français)

Can you name a favorite New Testament passage that Mother knew by heart?

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to St. John

At age 10, Mother Angeline committed passage to memory and won a medal in a Confirmation class competition.   She could still recite the gospel passage from St. John in her later years.

  In the beginning was the Word:  and the Word was with God:  and the Word was God.
  The same was in the beginning with God.
  All things were made by him:  and without him was made nothing that was made.
  In him was life:  and the life was the light of men.
  In addition, the light shineth in darkness:  and the darkness did not comprehend it.
  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
  This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light that all men might believe through him.
  He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
  That was the true light, which enlightened every man that cometh into this world.
  He was in the world:  and he made the world:  and the world knew him not.
  He came unto his own:  and his own received him not.
  However, as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that  
  believe in   his name.
  Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God?
  AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were
  of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

What flower was very special to Mother Angeline?


Mother Angeline receiving a bouquet of roses from a resident

Very Rev. Lawrence Flanagan, O. Carm. brought a bouquet of roses to Mother Angeline on the Feast of St. Therese of the Child of Jesus on Oct. 3, 1928 in honor of the saint.  Receiving roses reassured Mother in the decision to found the new religious community.   The tradition of roses was kept with the Sisters all through the years.

What adjective was used to describe Mother in the pioneering days of caring for the elderly?


A typical resident’s room in Mother Angeline’s day.

She was called a “revolutionary”.  Mother created person centered care for the elderly, providing a homelike environment to replace the institutional care common at the time.  Mother Angeline reached out to the elderly in the US by acknowledging their traditions, making them feel loved and cared for, as they had been accustomed in their own homes. This was a brand new philosophy of care at the time.

What was a favorite spiritual reading book of Mother’s?


The autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux

What was Mother’s favorite breed of dog?


Mother Angeline with Novices and her collie dog Regie.

Can you name a favorite Scottish song that Mother loved to hear?


When Mother was in her 80s and when the weather was warm, Mother would sit at on the porch of the Motherhouse.   Sisters out for a stroll would come and sit around her. She would ask them to sing this song.  To hear the Sisters singing this song to Mother Angeline view:

“Will Ye No Come Back Again?”

Bonnie Charlie’s noo awa’
Safely owre the friendly mail,
Mony a heart will break in twa,
Should he ne’er come back again.

Will ye no come back again?
Will ye no come back again?
Better loved ye canna be,
Will ye no come back again?

Ye trusted in your Hieland men;
They trusted you, dear Charlie;
They kept your hiding in the glen,
Death or exile braving.

Sweet’s the lavrock’s note and lang,
Liltin’ wildly up the glen,
But aye to me he sings ae sang,
“Will ye no come back again?”

“Will Ye No Come Back Again?” Baroness Nairne.  Scottish Songs. Bayley & Ferguson, Limited, London and Glasgow.

Which Holy Fathers did Mother Angeline meet? How many times did she meet them?

She met Pope Pius XI twice – in 1932 and 1938
She met Pope Pius XII three times – 1950, 1953 and 1957
She met Pope Paul VI in 1964

What was Mother Angeline’s favorite hymn?


Mother loved to sing and she had many favorite hymns remembered from her childhood, many in French.  She taught devotional hymns in French in honor of Mary from memory to her later novices and postulants.  This French hymn is another example:

Petit Jesus, je vous desire,
Comme la juste d’Israel
Apres vous mon ame soupier
Venez douce roses du Ciel.

L’abjection et la souffrance
Sont vos apanages de choix.
Car aussitot votre naissance.
Deja vous savouriez la croix.

Oh, quand vous viendrez dans mon ame,
Faites-lui partager vos gouts,
De plus en plus qu’elle s’enflamme,
Pour aimer la croix comme vous.

Si l’etable dans sa detresse,
Eut a Vos yeux tant de valeur,
J’ose esperer que ma bassesse
Vous attirera dans mon couer.

Was Mother Angeline an American citizen?

Yes, on April 3, 1933, at age 39.

National Flag of the United States of America

Can you name mother’s Favorite hot beverage?


Do you know a favorite treat that goes great with a cup of tea?


Here is the recipe!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
6 Cups All-purpose baking mix
1 ¾ Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
7 Tbsps. Melted Butter
1 ¾ Cup Milk
1 tsp Salt

Stir until mixed. Do not beat.  Drop into small greased muffin tins
Bake @ 400 degrees for 20 min.
Roll in melted butter and then in confectioners’ sugar.
Serve warm.  Makes 7 Dozen

*Original recipe divided by 2     *Recipe rounded to nearest cooking fraction
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

3 Cups All-purpose baking mix  
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Eggs
3 1/2 Tbsps. Melted Butter
1 Cup Milk
1/2 tsp Salt

Stir until mixed. Do not beat.  Drop into small greased muffin tins
Bake @ 400 degrees for 20 min.
Roll in melted butter and then in confectioners’ sugar.
Serve warm.  Makes 3 1/2 Dozen

To learn more about Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa, O.Carm. refer to the book, The Servant of God Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O.Carm. Daughter of Carmel – Mother to the Aged written by Fr. Jude Meade. C.P., where facts such as this can be found.

The book is available in our Gift Shop. 

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