OUR FOUNDRESS

Within the BIG picture of Carmelite History... we have our own unique story!

Our Mother Foundress, Anna Maria Tauscher, who became Mother Mary Teresa of St. Joseph, converted to the Catholic faith, and was received into the church on October 30, 1888, in the city of Cologne, Germany. She had to overcome tremendous opposition from all sides because of this decision. Mother truly experienced firsthand what it was like to be homeless and deprived of family support and love. After struggling with both inner and outer conflict, Mother finally moved into her own Home for the Homeless in Berlin. By the end of 1892, she had admitted 72 children. By 1897, she was received by Father General, in Rome, into the Carmel, and our Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus was permitted to open a Novitiate.

Blessed Maria Teresa
of St. Joseph
 

Mother Mary Teresa arrived in Sittard, Netherlands in 1898. On February 2, 1899, she opened a Novitiate with fourteen Novices. Mother continued vigorously to open Novitiates and Homes for children. Each foundation was fraught with heartaches, crosses, and poverty. Mother, with her expansive apostolic spirit, traveled to the United States in 1912. At this time, the Congregation was flourishing with many new vocations Mothers spirit was enkindled in the hearts of many young women both in Europe and in the U.S.

The Northern Province in the United States consists of:

  • The Provincial House in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Nursing Homes in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Residential Treatment Center for boys in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Residential Treatment Center for girls in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Emergency Shelter Care for infants and small children in East Chicago, Indiana

Our congregation is international. In addition to many foundations in Europe, Canada, and the USA, we have enlarged and enhanced our mission field. Our Sisters are conducting very fruitful apostolates in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Iceland and Russia. God has blessed these missions with many young women who wish to serve as Carmelite Sisters D.C.J. It is our continuous wish and prayer that God may grant a rich harvest of souls to our Carmel over the world!