Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

Vocation stems from the Latin term “vocationem”, which literally means “a calling”. We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Marie Andre made this...
True Freedom

True Freedom

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this year as we celebrate family, we now move to that difficult time of life known as adolescence. We also look at the tenth promise of the Sacred Heart which gives to priests, who practice the devotion, the power to touch the most...
Spiritual tips for Toddlers

Spiritual tips for Toddlers

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. Parenting toddlers and little ones can be daunting! There are so many things you are advised to keep in mind as you guide your growing child. Everything from self-esteem, discipline, manners, etc. For a Christian parent, however, there is...
Final Profession of Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family

Final Profession of Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family, OCD, said her “yes” to Jesus forever in her Final Profession of vows. We welcome her with loving arms and look forward to how God’s gifts within her will flower...
A World of Wonder

A World of Wonder

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.” Sixth Promise of the Sacred Heart “And I think to myself what a wonderful world…” These are words from February’s theme song, What a Wonderful...
First Profession | Sr. Helene Therese

First Profession | Sr. Helene Therese

On January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrated the First Profession of one of our Georgia Peaches. Sister Helene Therese! Let us rejoice and be glad! Sister’s family was able to join us for the celebration and our Chaplain Rev. Donald Kinney, O.C.D., a...
Book Signing Fiesta

Book Signing Fiesta

RSVP and Pre-Order now our newest book, In the Face of Darkness, the Heroic Life and Holy Death of Mother Luisita, a new biography of our Mother Foundress written by our own Sister Timothy Marie.
Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

By Carmelite SistersLife is full of new beginnings. This begins in the family by getting to know all the ins and outs of daily life. Our spiritual life has new beginnings as well. Each day we grow more and more in our knowledge and love of God. Here are some practical...
The Family Created for Love

The Family Created for Love

By Marianne Doi My introduction to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles began back in 1960, and actually had a few interludes before taking root in 2011: My mother, Agnes Miyeko Doi, was born and reared in San Francisco, CA. Her Issei, or...
Getting to know you: successful marriage

Getting to know you: successful marriage

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Getting to know you; getting to know all about you.” This is the story of every marriage (especially in the first years), and Mother Luisita had this amazing experience when, at the age of 15, she was married to Dr. Pascual...
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will shed abundant blessing on all their undertakings.” The lyrics to our song this month: “Getting to know you,” say, That if you become a teacher by your pupils you’ll be taught. Isn’t this true...
Handmaidens in California

Handmaidens in California

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...
It’s Christmas for all of the children

It’s Christmas for all of the children

Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. In this year when we celebrate the family, December highlights birth or new life. We recall the song Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming where we share with you the wonder of childhood and celebrate the child in each of us. Each new life is a...
‘Tis the Season for Advent

‘Tis the Season for Advent

Dear Friends, Praised be Jesus Christ! We’d like to provide some practical tips on celebrating the profound spirit of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 2nd through December 24th. These are grace-filled days that prepare the heart for the coming of our...
Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will comfort them in their trials.” Third Promise of the Sacred Heart December finds us focusing on the wonderful miracle of birth. Saint John reminds us, “When a woman is in travail she has sorrow because her hour...
Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

By Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. She is incorrupt and has been declared Venerable, her life recognized as exemplifying heroic virtue. In 1911, Anne de Guigné came into this world, followed within four years by a brother, JoJo and two sisters, Lelaine and Marinette. Her...
Children Are Our Favorite Things

Children Are Our Favorite Things

By Sister Carmelina After getting in trouble for something, a little boy said, “I’m only 5—I don’t know all the rules yet!” Parents have many enjoyable moments in raising their children, especially when the child comes up with those cute comments that take us by...
Sisters Helping Sisters

Sisters Helping Sisters

By: Lydia, Cynthia & Frances A few years ago, a friend of our younger sister Cynthia suggested that she volunteer in the kitchen at the Sacred Heart Retreat House because she loves to bake so much. We three Vartanian sisters had all attended prior Fall Boutiques...
Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.” First Promise of the Sacred Heart November highlights the Sacred Heart’s gift of grace. What is grace? One definition is the “freely given,...