At the age of 19, Brigid Teresa McCrory left her family in Ireland to become a Little Sister of the Poor. In 1926, she was assigned to a home for the aged in New York and felt the European customs did not meet the needs of the American elderly.
Her efforts at change were not accepted by her Congregation so she sought advice of Cardinal Patrick Hayes—envisioning an alternative care for the aged.
Mother Angeline McCrory, Founder, Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
After much prayer and with the blessing of the Cardinal, Sr. Angeline and six other Sisters left their community to establish a new congregation which became known as the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. When established in 1929, The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm was the first American Community of religious women founded solely to care for the aged.
The Carmelite Sisters have provided over 65 years of spiritually motivated care for the elderly of Columbus. The Villas at St. Therese was established in 1998. Construction of our new 147-bed facility began several years ago and was completed in 2005. Mother Angeline McCrory Manor was named in honor of the Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.
Mother Angeline McCrory
We are privileged to be able to offer a Daily Mass at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and at The Villas at Saint Therese. These Masses are a source of great comfort for our Residents.
We also offer regular services for other Christian denominations.
Fr. Raymond Maher, O.Carm., is a native of New York City and holds degrees from Iona College, New York University and Washington Theological Union. He professed his first vows as a Carmelite Friar in June 1992 and was ordained to the priesthood in October 1997. He is delighted to be here as Chaplain at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and The Villas at St. Therese.
St. Joseph Chapel at The Manor
The Carmelite System, a Catholic not-for-profit health system sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, consists of senior care facilities that provide services to the aged and infirm.
The Sisters at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and The Villas at Saint Therese take their callings very seriously, not only through prayer and comfort, but also as physical therapists, speech pathologists, administrators, as President and CEO and in many other vocations throughout our campus.