Historic pilgrimage by religious order to Brocagh nun’s shrine

Mother Angeline, born Brigid Teresa McCrory in Brocagh in 1893.
Mother Angeline, born Brigid Teresa McCrory in Brocagh in 1893.

A highly prestigious visit by the head of the Carmelite religious order will take place in St Brigid’s Church, Brocagh, this Wednesday, April 29.

The Prioress General of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm will travel from New York to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of their Holy Foundress, the Brocagh born nun Mother Angeline.

Mother Angeline, who was declared as Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, and to whom the shrine in Brocagh was dedicated last year by Archbishop Eamon Martin, was baptised with the name Brigid McCrory.

Her family left for Scotland in 1900 and in 1915 she joined the Little Sisters of the Poor in France.

She was sent to New York in 1922 and in 1929 she founded her own religious order, which now has numerous care homes across the United States and one in Dalkey, South County Dublin. Mother Angeline died in 1894 on her birthday, January 21.

The celebration of the visit by the head of the Carmelite Sisters will begin with con-celebrated Mass at 12 noon in St Brigid’s Church, with Evening Prayer of the Church and Benediction at 7pm. Both ceremonies are open to everyone and all will be very welcome to come along.