Vocation Profile - Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Northern Province)

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (Northern Province)

Sr. M. Immaculata Osterhaus Carmel.D.C.J.
Vocational Directress
1230 Kavanaugh Place
Wauwatosa, WI 53213


Professed members28
Year founded1898
Generalate/motherhouseSittard, Netherlands
Province/federationUnited States/Northern Province

Gary, IN; Grand Rapids, MI; Milwaukee, WI
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, and 12 other countries
We are a contemplative/apostolic congregation consecrated to God through a life of prayer and reparation, from which flows our life of loving service in the care of the young and elderly. We pray, sacrifice, and atone with an apostolic perspective. The apostolates to which we devote ourselves comprise the Christian upbringing of children and youth in homes for children, and in the care of the aging in retirement homes and nursing homes. We carry out these apostolates in our own homes so that community life may be maintained. Together we "see, serve, and love God in all." The beatification of our foundress, Bl. Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, took place on May 13, 2006 in the Cathedral of Roermond, Netherlands.
In good physical health: mental, emotional and moral health. Loyal to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Have never been married.
Postulant: The postulant will experience community life and draw closer to God. Minimum of six months. Novice: The novice strives to become thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the Gospel and of the congregation, spending much time in silent prayer and reflection. She wears the habit and a white veil. Two years. Junior Professed: Following her novitiate, the young sister professes vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. These vows are renewed each year for five years. During this time, she is referred to a "Junior Professed Sister," and she learns to bring the God that she has found in her prayer into the lives and hearts of all those whom she is serving in His Name. Perpetual Professed: At this time the Sister has determined her total love for God, and she vows to bind herself to Him forever.
Age range/limit
Belated vocations?
Yes: Exceptions can be made.

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