Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm – Founding and Core Values
Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory spent her early years in Northern Ireland and Scotland and after entering and professing vows with the Little Sisters of the Poor in France, was assigned to homes in America. She developed a great love for the American people and wished to care for them according to living standards in the United States. When this was not possible within the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, with the guidance and assistance of Patrick Cardinal Hayes of New York, she and six other Sisters began the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm on September 3, 1929 in an empty rectory in Upper Manhattan, New York. The Sisters now sponsor, co-sponsor or serve in 20 facilities in the United States and one in Dublin, Ireland.
In Carmelite homes, Sisters and staff alike seek to carry out Mother Angeline’s philosophy of care. She stressed the dignity and worth of every older person and the need to provide more than an up to date facility. In her words we must bring Christ to every older person, “giving them his compassion, his interest, his loving care, his warmth morning noon and night. It means inspiring the lay people who work with us to give the same type of loving care.” This is summed up in the Carmelite Sisters’ slogan “The difference is love” and their core values of Hospitality, Compassion, Sanctity of Life and Shared Commitment.
The History of Kahl Home
On February 17, 1955 Most Rev. Ralph L. Hayes dedicated a home for 30 elderly residents on six acres of land overlooking the city of Davenport and the Mississippi River. The 1914 building had been given as a memorial to the diocese by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kahl, who had resided there with their four daughters. The home would be known as The Kahl Home for the Aged under the administration of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Less than 10 years later an extension was added to house 120 more residents and later an additional wing providing more common space. With a view toward the future needs of the elderly, a new facility was built in 2013 on a large site in Davenport with the hope of adding independent living and assisted living to the campus at a later date. The Kahl Home now serves 135 skilled residents in a lovely, spacious facility.
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