We have a Third Order Carmelite group in our parish, of which I am a member. Some of my parishioners and I have a devotion to your foundress, Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph…
I believe that God gives us saintly people to draw us to holiness. Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph is one of those people I would like to follow. She is an example of perseverance in reaching her goal even when it is not easy. I am a seminarian so I would like to follow her virtues to become a good priest.
For some time now I have been very moved by the life and work of Blessed Mary Teresa of St. Joseph. Like Blessed Maria Teresa, I too come from an evangelical family. When I converted to the Catholic faith at the age of 20, it was a difficult time for my family, who could not understand my decision at that time. From my spiritual director, I learned about the life of Blessed Mother Maria Teresa. Her example gave me courage and strength to follow my calling.
In many prayers and through the intercession of Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, even in difficult times, I have found a hearing with God and an answer to my worries and needs.
Bishop Frederick Henry has given permission that St. Joseph’s chapel [where our Sisters formerly ministered], be made a pilgrimage site honoring our Dear Mother. The first site would be the chapel, the second the Stations of the Cross, and the third would be the display of Dear Mother and our Carmel D.C.J. The people made the request and we are very happy that the bishop gave his absolute approval.
Since my oratory is under the protection of St. Joseph, it would be a great joy for me to venerate your foundress, the Blessed Mother Mary-Teresa of St. Joseph, there in this “Josephine Family”.
As a Catholic Berliner I have known St. Joseph’s Home on the Pappelallee in Berlin for a long time. I have venerated Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph ever since I received a prayer card in the Berlin Cathedral several years ago.