Saturday, July 13, 2013
In the summer of 1984, Father Clarence Kelly (now Bishop Kelly) founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Savior. For a Novitiate and Motherhouse, he was able to acquire 14 acres of property in the Catskill Mountains. The Novitiate was named after St. Joseph, to whom it seemed quite fitting to entrust the care of the Daughters of Mary. St. Teresa of Avila named her first foundation of the reformed Carmelites in St. Joseph's honor, and of him she states: "It seems as if God has bestowed upon the saints in general the power of aiding us in some specified necessity; but to St. Joseph He has granted the power to help us in all our needs. Our Lord wishes us hereby to understand that as He who made Himself subject to St. Joseph on earth, so also in heaven is ready to do whatever the holy Patriarch may now ask." With this great saint as protector and intercessor, St. Joseph's Novitiate opened its doors in the summer of 1984. The little community began with three Novices and seven Postulants.