Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35 who desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with Our Lord and walk the faith journey alongside other women. This program is also dedicated to helping young women cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of their dignity and vocation as women. Formation and living holiness in the world are nurtured and supported through conferences given by the Carmelite Sisters, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, praise & worship, fellowship, service, and a shared potluck meal.

This years theme is:

“Chosen and Blessed: Receiving the Gift of God”

In the midst of a world where we are constantly confronted with a mentality of scarcity, competition and lack, our God holds out to us the truest reality of a life of abundance – abundant blessings, communion, mercy and encounter. “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” Jn 10:10
This year’s Handmaidens will deeply explore the specific and powerful gifts that God constantly holds out to us in order that we may fully live the life of abundance that He has intended.

You are chosen. You are blessed. Now receive the gift of God!

Handmaidens in California

Contact Sister Maria Goretti, O.C.D. at (626) 557-5816 | joyofcarmel@outlook.com

Upcoming Events

“Saturated in Sripture”

Date: January 25, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Santa Teresita- Main Chapel and Villa

“Embraced by Mercy”

Visiting the residents, Evening Prayer, Potluck dinner, Conference, Adoration, Dessert, and Discussion

Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Marycrest Manor, Culver City

“Be the Gift”

Evening Prayer, Potluck dinner, Conference, Adoration, Dessert, and Discussion

Date: March 21, 2020

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)

Beach Trip

Date: April 26, 2020

Time: 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at Sacred Heart Retreat House to carpool OR meet us at Point Vincente Interpretive Center- 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Activity: Come join the Carmelite Sisters for a relaxing and fun afternoon enjoying the beauty of the ocean, fellowship with other young women, a potluck dinner, praise and worship and Evening Prayer on the beach!

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