Our Roots in Carmel D.C.J.
Impelled by the love of the Divine Heart.
Anna Maria Tauscher, later known as Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, was born in 1855 in Sandow, Germany. The pull of God on her heart led this richly talented and capable woman to desire nothing less than to place her life completely in the service of God, becoming poor for the sake of the poor and homeless for the sake of the homeless. Her determination to bring all souls into contact with the love of the Sacred Heart led to the establishment of a religious congregation, the Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus, on July 2, 1891, and eventually to the beatification of this great woman of faith under Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Today, 75 years since her death, the words and example of Blessed Maria Teresa continue to inspire her followers and guide the mission of St. Agnes Home. The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus and our devoted staff remain dedicated to the ideal of seeing, serving, and loving God in all and seek daily to fulfill the instruction of Blessed Maria Teresa to provide a place where seniors can enjoy life, “lighted up by peace and warmed by love.”