The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology, honored three individuals with the Flos Carmeli award for their 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 2020 Flos Carmeli celebration took place on March 9 at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY.
Our first recipient, Mrs. Maureen Rynkiewicz, received the award for Hospitality. Mrs. Rynkiewicz has dedicated over fifty years of compassionate service to the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, starting as a nurse’s aide and working her way up to become the Director of Facility Services at Marian Manor in South Boston, MA. Mrs. Rynkiewicz truly loves her residents like they are members of her own family works endlessly to give them the best care possible. She always treats her residents with hospitality and respect. She continues to radiate her warmth, care and devotion to her residents and is an inspiration to other staff.
Bill and Joan Nelson
The next award, Preservation and Promotion of the Charism of Mother Mary Angeline Teresa, was proudly presented to Bill and Joan Nelson, who have enthusiastically promulgated the life and mission of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa in their home parish, Holy Rosary in Rochester, New Hampshire. They have given over 10 years of passionate service to promote and organize the Mother Angeline Ministries of Care, reaching out to seniors that are homebound and in hospitals and nursing homes.
The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and AIG are pleased to commemorate our honorees, not only for their outstanding skills and compassion, but for their years of dedication and service to continue the mission and mirroring the qualities of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.