A contemplative/apostolic religious congregation of Pontifical Rite and aggregated to the first order of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD), our Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus is an international congregation. Soon after its beginning in Berlin, Germany, in 1891, our congregation spread rapidly across Europe with Homes and day centers for children. It was in 1912 that Mother Maria Teresa brought our Carmel to North America, establishing several Homes for children, as well as for seniors, in the United States and Canada.
Since that time, our Carmel has continued to spread across the world. Today, our congregation numbers close to 400 Sisters worldwide in fifteen different countries. In addition to providing Homes for the old and young, our Sisters also engage in missionary work and catechetical instruction, run retreat houses, and offer homes for troubled youth and mothers in need of rest, always with the main purpose of winning countless souls for the Heart of Christ.