Carmelite Daughters of the Divine Heart of Jesus

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Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus
Abbreviation Carmelite Sisters DCJ
Motto See God in all, serve God in all, love God in all!
Formation 1891
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Sittard, Netherlands
General Mother
M. Angelina Finnel
Key people
Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, founder
Website www.carmelitedcj.org

The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded by Maria Teresa of St. Joseph (Anna Maria Tauscher) on July 2, 1891.[1] Mother Mary Teresa traveled to the U.S. in 1912 to establish a congregation. The Provincial House was opened in 1917 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and the first American Postulant was received in 1920, right from the Milwaukee area.

Patrons[edit]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saint Joseph

Saint Francis Xavier

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint John of the Cross

Saint Thérèse de Lisieux

Prophet Elijah

Areas of concern[edit]

The charism, or spiritual focus, of this religious institute is to offer reparation to Jesus for the denial and unbelief of his divinity.[2] This is done through prayer, meditation and especially through weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The apostolate of the institute is to provide "A Home Away from Home" for children and the elderly.[2] For this purpose the institute has houses in Europe, the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Africa.[3]

In the U.S. the Sisters have cared for the elderly, since 1929, at St. Agnes Home in Kirkwood, MO,[4] since 1952 at the Carmel Nursing Home in Owensboro, KY,[5] since 1917 at St. Joseph Home for the Aged in Kenosha, WI, since 1951 at Saint Ann's Home in Grand Rapids, MI;[6] and since 1954 at Mount Carmel Home in Corpus Christi, TX.

On the same property in Kirkwood, the Sisters care for children ages 2–5 at their Carmelite Child Development Center.[7] They maintain a Residential Treatment Center for boys in Wauwatosa, WI opened in 1917 ; a Residential Treatment Center for girls (originally an orphanage opened in 1913) in East Chicago, IN with an Emergency Shelter Care for infants and small children who are victims of trauma, abuse or neglect.

The General Mother House is in the city of Sittard, the Netherlands; where the Mother General resides. The General Mother House serves as the highest authority after the Pope and the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes in Rome as the principal body that regulates religious life in the Congregation.[8]

U.S. states and cities where established[edit]

Wauwatosa, WI

East Chicago, IN

Kenosha, WI

Grand Rapids, MI

Kirkwood, MO

Owensboro, KY

Corpus Christi, TX

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Foundress". Carmelitedcj.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Our Life". Carmelitedcj.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus". Cmswr.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Carmelite Sisters D.C.J". St. Agnes Home. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Carmel Home, Owensboro KY". Carmelhomeky.org. Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Our Approach". stannshome.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Carmelite Child Development center, Kirkwood MO". Carmelcdc.org. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Our Convents". Carmelitedcj.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 

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