Immaculate Heart Sisters

Immaculate Heart Sisters

Dearest Sisters in Christ, you took us into your home, your convent on Green Street in Los Angeles. You opened wide your arms, embraced us and told us “Mi casa es su casa” and we have not forgotten you, nor all of the support you gave us in those early...
Bishop John J. Cantwell

Bishop John J. Cantwell

Archbishop Cantwell, when we first met you, Los Angeles was not yet an Archdiocese, so we knew you at first as ‘Bishop Cantwell.’ We came by the Chancery office which was located at that time in the Higgins Building in Los Angeles, and you were there...
Father Leroy Callahan

Father Leroy Callahan

Father Callahan, when we met you that Saturday at the Chancery Office, we didn’t know you were a scholar, speaking seven languages, and writing religion books that would be used across the United States. All we saw was an Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and an open...
Father Francis Ott

Father Francis Ott

Father Ott, we owe you so much! You are the person who was taught us the most about the United States and its very different culture. Twice you moved a vacant house onto a vacant lot so we could have a place to live, both in Long Beach and in Los Angeles. You brought...
The Christian Brothers at St. Mary’s in Moraga

The Christian Brothers at St. Mary’s in Moraga

Dear Brothers in Christ, you are amazing. We have some of the original letters written by Brother Ralph and Brother Gregory. Your exquisite charity and ultimate kindness overflows from those letters. You gave work to many, many of our exiled sisters. You provided...
James Francis Cardinal McIntyre

James Francis Cardinal McIntyre

Cardinal McIntyre, you are a forever friend. As our community grew, you helped us whenever we needed a helping hand. Working in collaboration with you as our local Ordinary was our goal and our privilege.   You were the second Archbishop of Los Angeles and when...
Our Everyone Else, Far Too Numerous to Name Individually

Our Everyone Else, Far Too Numerous to Name Individually

We offer our prayerful gratitude to the many bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians who have been a part of our journey. Each and every one of you has blessed us with your support and assistance in so many ways. We are deeply grateful to our families, benefactors,...
Yesterday…Today…Tomorrow

Yesterday…Today…Tomorrow

We praise God for always bringing good out of evil, leading Mother Luisita out of terrible religious persecutions to a land where her mission of actively serving His people would blossom and flourish. Now, 90 years and hundreds of thousands of souls later, we look to...
Final Profession | Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D

Final Profession | Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D

By: Renee Webb Excerpt from: The Catholic Globe Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D., formerly Nicole Marie Morlok who was raised in Manning, professed her perpetual vows as a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra, Calif., on July 17....
The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague is a wax-coated wooden statue of the Child Jesus approximately 19 inches tall which dates back to the mid 1550s. “The Little King,” another popular name given to this statu, wears a crown, and in the left hand...
An Interview with Sr Timothy Marie

An Interview with Sr Timothy Marie

Spirit of Carmel: We haven’t seen much of you these past months. Is it true that you are working on a manuscript of a new book? Sister Timothy Marie: Well, yes and no. Yes, I am writing and, yes, it is on a book, but when you say NEW book it sounds like...
An Interview with Sr Timothy Marie

Look to the Future with Hope

From the Carmelite Sisters to the People of the 21st Century “Look to the Future with Hope” “The founders knew how to incarnate in their time the message of the Gospel with strength and holiness. It is necessary that, faithful to the breath of the...
Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah...
Celebrating 2016 Jubilees

Celebrating 2016 Jubilees

A Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving 60 Years Sister Mary Colombière of the Sacred Heart, O.C.D. 50 Years Sister Michelle of the Queen of Carmel, O.C.D. Sister Joseph Louise of the Sacred Heart, O.C.D. 25 Years Sister Christina of Rosa Mystica, O.C.D. Sister Ines of Jesus...
Glimpse into the Beauty of Carmel

Glimpse into the Beauty of Carmel

July 16, 2016 Entrance into the Novitiate First Profession of Vows July 17, 2017 Final Profession July Festivites from Carmelite Sisters on...
May Crowning

May Crowning

May is the month traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. As part of our May traditions, Catholics around the world may celebrate Mary in a special way by having a “May Crowning”. In this ceremony, special veneration is shown to the Mother of Jesus...
We Support the Little Sisters of the Poor

We Support the Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor fight for our Religious Freedom! From the Becket Fund website  Supreme Court brief reveals HHS lawyers’ numerous contradictions For Immediate Release: March 14, 2016 Media Contact: Melinda Skea,...
Will You Be My Bride?

Will You Be My Bride?

By: Sister Gloria Therese, O.C.D. It was a privilege to grow up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. My grandparents, my dad’s parents, had a house on the same farm as ours. Grandpa and Grandma Laven prayed the Rosary after supper every night. When my sister and I were...
Spirit of Carmel

Spirit of Carmel

The Carmelite Sisters are most grateful for the wonderful response to our redesigned Spirit of Carmel magazine. We look forward to continuing to share with you more breathtaking photography, inspirational articles, as well as the schedule of retreats, special seasonal...
Spirit of Carmel | Fall 2014

Spirit of Carmel | Fall 2014

Join us as we reflect on those words of Christ, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus offers us his closeness, word and strength despite our imperfect...
Spirit of Carmel | Spring 2014

Spirit of Carmel | Spring 2014

As Pope Francis embarks upon his holy stewardship, come share with us in the spiritually charged stories and encounters of Christ through His...
Our Journey of Faith

Our Journey of Faith

By: David and Lynne Mason In the summer of 1993, our family received a short invitation from a friend in Denver, CO. She said, “Denver, the Pope, BE THERE!” We were able to take our entire family (at that time) and actually hiked down to Cherry Creek Park for the...