WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 13, 2012) – Mother M. Angeline Teresa McCrory, founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, was recently declared “venerable” in the process towards sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues on June 28, 2012 in honor of the work of her religious congregation, which conducts 17 homes for the aged in the United States and one in Ireland. Among the homes is Lourdes-Noreen McKeen, the full-service retirement community located on Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, FL.
Venerable Mary Angeline was born in Ireland in 1893 and entered the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1912. While stationed in New York in 1929, she formed a new religious congregation – the Carmelite Sisters – based on the principle that the needs and care of the aged should be met with the utmost dignity in a genuine, home-like setting. Mother Angeline and a group of seven like-minded women began their mission and opened St. Elizabeth’s to the elderly in need in New York City, just one month before the stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression. Her innovative approach was rare and instantly popular and soon the order found themselves unable to keep pace with the demand.
The concept quickly caught the attention of the Carmelite Friars in New York, who recognized the value and potential of Mother Angeline’s way of caring for the aged. In 1931, the new community became affiliated with the Great Order of Carmel and was re-named the “Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.”
The Sisters came to the Palm Beaches in 1960 and opened Lourdes Residence inside the Lake Court Apartment Hotel located along Flagler Drive. Later re-named the Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence, the facility was the first of its kind in the area to provide nursing, long-term and seasonal housing for the elderly, all with the signature type of care that distinguished the order’s approach from others. The fast-growing population in the Palm Beach area and the popularity of their approach prompted a major expansion by the Sisters in 1964 with the purchase of the neighboring Pennsylvania Hotel, affectionately referred to at that time as the “Little Breakers of West Palm Beach.” Today, Lourdes-Noreen McKeen offers 132 beds for skilled nursing and short-term rehab, 69 independent living apartments and 34 assisted living apartments.
For more information about Lourdes-Noreen McKeen, please call (561) 655-8544 or visit www.lnmr.org.
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