Roermond hosts first Dutch beatification
14 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Catholic Cathedral in Roermond is to host the beatification of Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph on 13 May this year.
14 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Catholic Cathedral in Roermond is to host the beatification of Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph on 13 May this year.
A pilgrimage through France and the Netherlands will be held to mark the ceremony for the German founder of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus (DCJ).
The ceremony is being held in the Netherlands because Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules. He decreed such ceremonies no longer should no longer take place automatically in the Vatican. Instead the ceremony takes place in the bishopric where the candidate is buried.
The headquarters of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus is in the Dutch city of Sittard and Mother Maria Teresa is buried there.
Beatification is considered to be one step away from sainthood in the Catholic Church. One miracle must be proven to have taken place through the intercession of the person to be beatified. Though this requirement is waived if the candidate died a martyr's death.
Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph was born Anna Maria Tauscher on June 19, 1855 in Sandow, Germany, which is now in Poland. She came from a deeply religious Protestant pastor's family but was accepted into the Catholic Church in 1888.
She founded the Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus on 2 July 1891.
Click here for more information on the pilgrimage.
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Subject: Dutch news