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Flos Carmeli 2019 recognizes Mary Fetick for her compassion in the spirit of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.

by Avila Institute Staff

April 8, 2019

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology, honored Mary Fetick with the Flos Carmeli award for her excellence and dedication to the mission of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. “Flos Carmeli,” meaning “Flower of Carmel,” is an award that is given to individuals chosen for their commitment and enthusiasm for living out and spreading the Carmelite mission. The 2019 Flos Carmeli celebration took place on March 5 at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. 

Mary Fetick, Activity Director and Mission Effectiveness Coordinator of Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, KY, is the recipient of The Flos Carmeli Award Medal for Compassion.

Mary Fetick is the 2019 Flos Carmeli Award recipient for Compassion. Mary’s job as Activity Director for six years and as Mission Effectiveness Director for three years are based on her deep faith. She formerly worked at American Airlines for twenty years and then at St. Margaret Hall for four and a half years. She plans all the special events and activities, trains and organizes volunteers, and oversees the Pastoral Care Department.

More About Mary

Mary is a family-oriented person who loves God and her best friend Steve. Her example of loving service came from seeing her parents raise her and her six siblingsShe now has twenty-two nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College and has visited many countries around the world. Her goal is that others see Jesus’ light within her and that they see Jesus through her. She is a constant reminder to staff and residents that we can enrich the life of each person we come into contact with, each day. 

Mary’s involvement at Carmel Manor has led to a team spirit among the staff. She initiated “The Difference is Love” project where staff are nominated and recognized monthly for the difference they make in the residents’ lives. She initiated the “Mission Quilt” project where each department is represented by a square on the quilt, connected by the residents who are the center of the quilt. This serves as a reminder that each department is united to the others and to the residents in unity of mission. 

Importance of the Carmelite Mission

Mary’s devotion to the Carmelite mission is fostered by regular holy hours and daily mass. She also is an active member of St. Xavier parish in Cincinnati, OH and teaches CCD and Confirmation classes as well as serving as a Eucharistic Minister.   

In her work, Mary can often be heard breaking out Broadway hits at Carmel Manor. She does whatever she can to bring a smile to everyone’s face. She often says,

“I didn’t do my job well if I didn’t make at least one resident smile today.” 

She truly embodies the Carmelite value of compassion, and for her example of the lived mission of Mother Angeline we are grateful. 

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