Our Founder, Venerable Camila de San Jose Rolon, wanting to give herself totally to God felt called to the cloistered life with the Carmelites. After having entered she had to abandon the Carmel 29 days later due to an illness that would accompany her for the rest of her life. During her recuperation Camila had the thought “if I am not a nun I will be a founder”.
It is for this reason that when our Mother founds our Congregation, those 29 days in the Carmel, strongly marked her heart taking her to embrace the Carmelite Spirituality placing Saint Joseph, our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Teresa of Avila as Patrons of our Congregation and naming it the Poor Sisters of Saint Joseph.
This is how Mother Camila felt identified with Saint Teresa in the experience that they both had with God as “God and Lord of all” and their “abandonment trusting in Providence and the contemplation of Christ in his mystery of poverty and filial abandonment in the Father”.
With the passing of time our Congregation was added to the Carmelite Order as Tertiaries.
We must now stop to ponder on the reality that this Saint and Doctor of the Church is still an example for us today. From the moment God calls us into existence to the day we return to Him we are called to be only for Him. In doing this we give praise to Him for all eternity.
Now it is our turn to follow these steps as Saint Teresa and Mother Camila, have already done. It is our turn to walk this way to perfection; one which is reached through prayer. Doing so never abandoning our personal dialogue with God, our intimate and true friend, responding with certitude and determination being able to say with St. Teresa, “Only God is enough”.