Millennial Nuns Fuel Their Faith in Los Angeles

The Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have been actively serving their flock for 90 years

By John Cádiz Klemack

Bucking the trend, some millennials are seeking a nun’s life, and an Order in Duarte is attracting eager, college-educated women.

They wear the traditional habit they’ve worn since Mother Lucita first arrived in LA from Mexico in 1927. The gowns are brown — symbolizing the humility of the Earth; white — a symbol of purity; and black — a symbol of death to the world with life in Christ.

The Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have been actively serving their flock for 90 years. In Duarte, the campus includes their convent, a day care with pre-K curricula, an assisted living home, Saint Teresita Hospital and a church. And walking the hallways and gardens are 135 women living out their lives as brides of their God…

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