The staff of Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg were recognized for their outstanding service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team received the 2022 Flos Carmeli Award for Excellence in Service to the Elderly.
The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and the Avila Institute of Gerontology are offer the Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) Award as a way to recognize persons who embody the spirit of Mother M. Angeline Teresa McCrory, O. Carm, foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. She is honored by the Catholic Church as venerable.
The award was given on October 10 in New York, and it was celebrated locally during a gathering at Garvey Manor on October 24.
The award reads:
The staff of our homes are to be commended for the many personal sacrifices they made to care for the residents during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2022. Their great acts of Compassion, unwavering Hospitality, dedication to the dignity of each person with careful attention to the Sanctity of Life, and their loyalty to the Shared Commitment of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have been invaluable virtues in serving our cherished elderly. In presenting this award, we honor the staff for their gracious dedication and outstanding service. We honor Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O. Carm. With great pleasure and esteem this award was given on the tenth day of October 2022 at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, New York.
Also at the October 24 gathering, Garvey employees Holly Keller and Steven Dale were recognized as graduates of the Roots of Caring program, which educates lay staff in key leadership positions in homes sponsored or served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in order to sustain the Carmelite Mission.
[Photo: Garvey Manor staff gather around the altar of the chapel at Garvey to celebrate receiving the 2022 Flos Carmeli Award.]