Our Venerable Mother Luisita

81 years ago today, our beloved Mother Luisita saw her bridegroom, Jesus Christ, in His risen glory. She received the reward He promised to those who live entirely for love of Him. If you want to learn more about our Mother, look here!

100th Anniversary | Our Lady of Fatima

100 Years Ago today, Our Lady of Fatima visited the three peasant children with a message of hope, a miracle of the Sun, and assurances to all that she protects us with her love under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

How I met St. Therese

In the halcyon days of hula hoops, American Bandstand and sleek shiny cars sporting long fins, I first met St. Thérèse.

The “Chainsaw Nun” – Through Hope, We Can Endure Adversity

Venturing outside that morning after hurricane Irma, I felt something like Noah coming forth from the ark.

The Carmelite Sisters Featured on NBC4

NBC4 in Los Angeles featured the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, actively serving here for 90 years in a segment called Millennial Nuns Fuel Their Faith in Los Angeles

A Dozen Thank You’s

Life-long lessons over PB & J
Running behind wisdom
Chasing lasting riches

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2017

On this day, our community welcomes the entrance into the Novitiate our five postulants. Three Sisters also made their first profession of vows.

Meet our Sister Patrocinio, O.C.D.

Born in 1918 in Mexico, Sister Patrocinio knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to be a Carmelite Sister. She was attracted to the order by Mother Luisita, the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. “I kept asking her if I could join. I asked until she thought I was old enough.”

90th Anniversary

We’re celebrating our community’s 90th anniversary! Here we share with you the story of our early days in the U.S. and how our community grew and our work thrived to what we are today – all through God’s loving providence and the help of generous friends and benefactors. Join us on this look back through 90 years……

Gift Shops at Sacred Heart Retreat House

Discover one of the largest selections of Catholic gifts and religious supplies in the San Gabriel Valley at our Sacred Heart Retreat House Gift Shop

Our Mission

We are called by God to be a presence inflamed within our world, witnessing to God’s love through prayer, joyful witness and loving service. Our mission is a God-given mission which overflows from each sister’s profound life of prayer.

“True compassion does not marginalize, humiliate or exclude and does not celebrate the passing away of a patient.”

-Pope Francis

The Miami Heat surprised our Sister Margaret Ann with a pep rally celebrating her work at Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The National Catholic Register featured the Carmelite Sisters and our 90 years of service in the United States.  Read the full article here!

On March 26th, the Carmelite Sisters invite you to a screening of “Paul, Apostle of Christ.” The leaders of the early church find themselves in the throes of Nero’s persecution, facing either execution or exile. Even bound in chains, Paul and Luke held fast to Christ, who has already triumphed over death.

Scripturally based and inspiring, this movie will truly help us all enter more deeply into the holiest week of the year and to experience the hope and joy of Christ’s Resurrection. A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the life and works of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.

Some people forget that the prayer, fasting, and almsgiving of Lent are to prepare ourselves for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.  If you could fast forward your Lent to the end, what would you hope to see?  In other words, what are you aiming at?  St. Paul tells us to “make love our aim” (1 Cor 14:1).  Sometimes it is difficult to enter into the ascetical aspects of Lent, without a meaningful end goal in mind.  If you’re feeling daunted by fasting, #fastforward to the end of Lent and think about what benefits await you there. If you need help coming up with some spiritually enriching practices, follow along with our Lenten Calendar!


Handmaidens | March 24, 2018

Begin the evening with Evening Prayer with the Sisters, followed by potluck, conference, adoration, dessert and discussion. Topic: “An Undivided Heart”

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