Brigid Teresa McCrory was born on January 21, 1893 in Mountjoy, County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of 19, she joined the Little Sisters of the Poor and took the name Sister M. Angeline Teresa. She was sent to do outreach work in the United States and due to her hard work and zealous efforts, by age 23, she had become Mother Superior (Mother M. Angeline Teresa) of this Order.
However, after 15 years in this Order, she felt as though there was more to be done for the elderly in the United States. She felt that the European way and many of the French customs did not meet the needs or customs of the American elderly. She also felt that old age strikes ALL classes of people, not just the indigent poor, leaving them alone and frightened.
In 1929, Mother Angeline and six other sisters received dispensation from Rome to leave the Little Sisters of the Poor and started a new order called The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. They were affiliated with the Carmelite Fathers in New York.
Mother Angeline (Brigid McCrory) envisioned homes where older people could be independent, would find the dedicated care of the Sisters, the consolation of Mass and the Sacraments, the assurance that they would be cared for in sickness, and that while they enjoyed good health, they would be free to come and go as they pleased.
Mother Angeline had great compassion for the aged, was courageous, and had a unique ability of inspiring enthusiasm in others. There was great strength in her leadership combined with simplicity and humility. However, she never attributed her success to her own endeavors - she said God’s will be done. Like her patroness, St. Teresa, she believed that “with God, all things are possible.”
On her 91st birthday, Mother Angeline went peacefully to her Eternal Reward. She is currently being reviewed for canonization by the Catholic Church and has been bestowed the title “Servant of God” which signifies the first step in the process.
On June 28, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed Mother Angeline’s heroic virtue and issued a Decree declaring her to be Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm.
Today, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, under the staunch direction of Mother Angeline, minister to the elderly in long-term healthcare, assisted living and independent living facilities located primarily in the United States with one home in Ireland.