Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation and living holiness in the world is supported and nurtured through adoration, prayer and conferences given by the Carmelite Sisters and chosen laity.

This years theme is:

“At the Feet of Our Lady: School of Marian Virtue”

Handmaidens in California

Contact Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. at (626) 300-8938 | joyofcarmel@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

“Blessed Is She” & Game Night

Potluck dinner, conference, games and Rosary

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Retreat House; the rest of the evening will be spent at St. Joseph Campus (Sacred Heart and Nazareth Rooms)

Topic: Our Lady is the perfect disciple and our model of faith. She believed that “nothing is impossible with God” when the Heavenly Father chose her to be the Mother of His Son. In our own lives, we can feel overwhelmed by that which God is asking of us. We can look to Mary who is our Mother and our guide.


Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sacred Heart Retreat House

11:30 Mass with the sisters and the weekend retreatants

12:30 Lunch picnic style- bring your own sack lunch

1:00 – 3:30 Boutique Bake-a-thon

4:00 – 5:00 Adoration and Evening Prayer with the Sisters

Come help us take over the Sacred Heart Retreat House kitchen and prepare for our annual Boutique. Donning hair nets and aprons, we’ll make fudge, mix soups and bake lots of sweet treats. A beautiful Sunday Holy Hour will conclude the afternoon. Don’t miss out on this fun afternoon!

“Delight of the Father”

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: St. Joseph Campus / Sacred Heart Retreat House

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Handmaidens’ Day of Prayer