“Since the beginning of the 1890’s, I had been sending appeals for alms to the United States and through this, I began a correspondence with a number of priests, one of whom thought our work would be very well suited to the conditions there and urged me to come…”
“In spirit I saw this large field of labor, ripe for the harvest. I remembered vividly the words which I uttered in the dream vision on July 2, 1891:
I SHALL NOT DIE BEFORE THE SERVANTS OF THE DIVINE HEART ARE SPREAD ALL OVER THE WORLD.” (ABp254)
During the eight years that Bl. Maria Teresa of St. Joseph stayed in North America, from her arrival on September 19, 1912 aboard the steamer, till her farewell on July 21, 1920, she had founded fifteen (15) St. Joseph’s Homes.
She opened the First American St. Joseph’s Home on South Pierce Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 1912.
It was during the 1964 General Chapter when the decision was made to divide North America into four separate provinces: North, Central, Southwest, and Canadian provinces.
Today, the Northern Province provides apostolic service in Wisconsin, Indiana and Grand Rapids.