Also known as
Maria Teresa Gerhardinger
Maria Theresia of Jesus
Born to a working class family. Educated by the Canonesses of Saint Augustine until 1809 when religious orders were closed by decree of the Bavarian government. Caroline decided to start a new religious order devoted to God and Christian education. In 1828 the Vatican got concessions from the Bavarian government, and many religious communities reopened. Caroline and other sisters moved into a refurbished convent, and started the order that was to become the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Caroline took the name Teresa in religious life but was soon called Teresa of Jesus because of her devotion to the True Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The sister's Rule and Constitutions were approved by the Vatican on 23 January 1854 and the Order began to quickly spread. Teresa spent the rest of her life devoted to the work.
20 June 1797 at Stadtamhof, Bavaria, Germany as Caroline Gerhardinger
9 May 1879 in München, Bavaria, Germany of natural causes
13 January 1983 by Pope John Paul II
17 November 1985 by Pope John Paul II