Thursday 29 September 2016

Founder of Carmelite Sisters on way to becoming saint

Sarah MacDonald

Published 14/09/2015 | 02:30

Sr Maria Therese, Sr Theresa Marie, Fr Mario Esposito and Sr Margaret Edward at the Shrine of Venerable Angeline Therese Photos: Liam McArdle
Sr Maria Therese, Sr Theresa Marie, Fr Mario Esposito and Sr Margaret Edward at the Shrine of Venerable Angeline Therese Photos: Liam McArdle
Mary Angeline

Irish people in need of divine assistance are being invited to seek the intercession of a famed nun who is on her way to being canonised.

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Brigid Teresa McCrory was born on January 21, 1893 in Mountjoy, Co Tyrone, and died on her 91st birthday on January 21, 1984 in New York.

She founded a religious order, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, which is dedicated to looking after the elderly and dying. In Ireland, the congregation operates the renowned care home Our Lady's Manor in Dalkey, Co Dublin.

Yesterday, the Postulator of Mother Angeline's cause for canonisation, Fr Mario Esposito from New York, visited Clonoe parish in Tyrone and met the faithful whose devotion to the future saint remains strong.

There are even a couple of distant relatives still in the community.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Fr Esposito said Mother Angeline needed one verifiable miracle to be beatified and two for canonisation. He suggested that those seeking work or considering emigration have an affinity with Mother Angeline, who knew the consequences of a lack of work and being a migrant as her family was forced to emigrate to Scotland when she was seven so her father might find work.

In the 1920s in New York, the young Irish nun became a pioneer in the care of the elderly and her motto was "Nobody dies alone".

Irish Independent

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