Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph -- Anna Maria Tauscher -- was born on June 19, 1855 in Sandow, Germany, which is now in Poland. She came from a deeply religious Protestant pastor's family. God guided this richly talented and capable woman on steep and stony roads to the Catholic faith. On October 30, 1888 she was received into the Catholic Church. From then on she herself became poor for the sake of the poor, homeless for the sake of the homeless. She placed her life in the service of God. In order to realize this goal, she founded a religious Congregation, the Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus on July 2, 1891.
Mother Maria Teresa took for a model St. Teresa of Jesus, the great Spanish Mystic and Reformer of the Order of Carmel. Mother Maria Teresa took the Carmelite spirit of prayer and coupled it with apostolic service. Her concern was aimed especially at poor and neglected children, above all those who had no home. Her loving dedication was further directed to families and individuals who had left the Church, to the lonely, the aged, to immigrants and transient workers--simply all who were homeless in any way. So it was that contemplative prayer coupled with active charity became the distinguishing mark of the Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus.
After a long life of dedicated service, Mother Maria Teresa died at the age of 83 on September 20, 1938 at the Mother House of the Carmel DCJ, in Sittard, Holland. Bishop W. Lemmens opened her beatification process in Sittard on February 2, 1953. On December 20,2002 Pope John Paul II declared Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph venerable. In December 2005, Pope Benedict XVI approved the miracle necessary for her beatification. Mother Maria Teresa was beatified on May 13, 2006 in Roermond, Netherlands.
Before her death she wrote: "To be able to dry tears, to heal wounds of souls from the heights of heaven, this is my ardent wish."
The Feast of Blessed Maria Teresa (Tauscher) of St. Joseph is celebrated on October 30.
For a fuller picture of the life of Blessed Maria Teresa,
read the continuing story being written by Sr. Maris Stella.
O, God, Our Father, You purified Your Servant Maria Teresa of St. Joseph through suffering and afflictions. Her great faith, her firm trust and unselfish love made her, through Your grace, a pure instrument in Your hand with which You could do great things.
Encouraged by her example and her trust in Your help we ask, through her intercession (name your intention here)
May Your holy Will be done Lord.
Make our hearts ready to accept what You send. Then we know that we pray in the spirit of Mother Mary Teresa.
This we ask through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
(With ecclesiastical approval, Roermond, March 19, 1988, Msgr. A.H.L. Meertens, Vic. Gen.)
Please communicate all favors granted
though Blessed Maria Teresa's intercession to:
Carmelite Sisters DCJ
10341 Manchester Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122