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...
A Reflection on St. Joseph

A Reflection on St. Joseph

By: Marta Timar While the Gospels do not record any words Saint Joseph might have spoken, the eloquent silence nonetheless allows us a glimpse into his character.  Righteous.  Obedient.  Pure.  Humble.  Silent (contemplative). ...
Courage:  It’s Time to Enter The Desert

Courage:  It’s Time to Enter The Desert

By Sister Mary Clare, OCD I’ll never forget one of my first summers in California with its desert climate. I was amazed that when the sun went down, so did the temperature, unlike my familiar humid eastern climate. I was equally amazed at the force with which the heat...
Mother Luisita’s Tips on Hope

Mother Luisita’s Tips on Hope

By Sister Gianna, OCD On March 1st, 1934, Mother Luisita wrote to one of her Sisters: “Today “The Month of Our Hopes” begins because it’s the month of our father St. Joseph. Let us try to spend this month with all possible fervor, and trust that he’ll...
Peace of Soul | March 25, 2017 | St. Anne, Las Vegas

Peace of Soul | March 25, 2017 | St. Anne, Las Vegas

Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am Location: St. Anne Catholic Church The Ghanem Center at Saint Anne Catholic School 1901 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89104   Join Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. in discovering why searching for and maintaining peace of soul is...
10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

Dear Sister, Can you answer a question for me?  Why do people need or even want to make a retreat? I’ve never understood that, given the wonderful options I have right here at home through my parish, and, of course, the vast array of media opportunities we...
Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Throughout her letters, Mother Luisita repeatedly challenges us: “Be what you are supposed to be- a saint!” She encourages us to have magnanimous souls and to strive for holiness for God’s greater honor and glory and the salvation of...
Serving with the Sisters | May 27 – June 10, 2017

Serving with the Sisters | May 27 – June 10, 2017

Do you have a heart for service? Join the Carmelite Sisters for a unique experience that will combine depth of Carmelite Spirituality with the joy of volunteering. We will take on special projects at the Sisters’ apostolates of health care, retreat work and education...
A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

 The Living Flame of Love by St. John of the Cross   O living flame of Love That tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest center! Since now You are not oppressive, Now perfect me if it be your will: Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!   O sweet cautery,...
Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Lourdes and Luisita are two words which inspire very different thoughts in our minds. Lourdes- we think of Mary, Bernadette, grottos, water, and healing. Luisita; we think of our Mother foundress, Mexico, hospitals, schools, and religious persecution. The two...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | The Day the Light Dawned

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | The Day the Light Dawned

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. I am a Carmelite Sister who teaches 200 high school students daily during five class periods beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending about 2:30 p.m. Each of my classes has 40 students. Each student is a cherished, never-to-be-repeated,...