In Thanksgiving

In Thanksgiving

by Fr. Donald Kinney, O.C.D. This February 2, 2021 is a milestone anniversary for the Carmelite Sisters. One hundred years ago in Mexico, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament and her Sisters became officially affiliated with the Order of Discalced...
Our Spiritual First Responders

Our Spiritual First Responders

There are no words to adequately express the depth of appreciation in our hearts for our priests – “Alter Christus.” To be another Christ is “to lay down your life for your friends” – a total gift of selfless love in serving the flock of...
Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIAWe have had the blessing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being celebrated at our Motherhouse. What a gift! What an interesting experience this has been. During one of our homilies by Father Donald Kinney, O.C.D., it was noted that this time may...
Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. This morning I found myself turning to St. Paul for consolation during these very challenging times. In his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages us saying: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” He even goes so...
Entrance into Aspirancy 2019

Entrance into Aspirancy 2019

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” The Carmelite Sisters invite you to unite with us in celebrating the entrance into aspirancy of Maria Teresa. Every vocation is a mystery and Maria Teresa has just begun her journey of faith. Check back with us on October 1st...
Vocation | Sr. Gianna

Vocation | Sr. Gianna

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 Gianna will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections from Sr. Gianna Full of Joy I recently had the...
Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

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 Teresa Margaret will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections of Sr. Teresa Margaret Sister Teresa...
Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

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 Maria Goretti will make her Final Profession on July ,2019 Reflections from Sister Maria Goretti To be the...
The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real

By Sister Francis Maris, O.C.D.and Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. I have seen this phrase multiple times and it’s generally used in playful, silly situations but on the deeper spectrum of life, it still rings true. The struggle is real… for everyone. Recently...
Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

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...
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...
Just Getting By

Just Getting By

By Sister Ines, O.C.D. “Let her alone, Henry. This is an excellent paper, and she’s going to ace it.” I tried to pretend I agreed with the favorable judgment being made of me before my brother Henry interrupted: “Yes, but she’s lazy and complacent. She had weeks to...
Everything is Grace

Everything is Grace

Miss Maggie Conklin Since I have begun preparations for entrance, the phrase that holds almost constantly in my mind is from our dear Saint Therese: “everything is grace”. I never would have argued with her before, though lately it has penetrated into my heart in a...
A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

By: Sister Luisa Grace of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. When I reflect on receiving our religious name, I cannot help but think about who named me. The name reflects a cry from the very heart of the Heavenly Father, filled with His Spirit, to lead me and those I...
He Grants our Deepest Desires

He Grants our Deepest Desires

Reflection by Sister Meredith of Christ Crucified, O.C.D. Praised be Jesus Christ! By God’s grace, I will soon be professing my final vows to our Lord Jesus Christ, binding myself to be poor, chaste, and obedient forever. I couldn’t ask for anything more! My heart is...
Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. A few months ago, I received word from my mother that my Aunt had been found without a pulse in the inn where she was staying. She had already passed away several days before they found her and we still do not know how she died. My beloved...
Look on the Star, Look to Mary

Look on the Star, Look to Mary

By Sister Marie Estelle, OCD “Ave Maris Stella”- Hail Star of the Sea, is an ancient title for Our Lady. It hails from a time when transportation relied heavily on ships on the sea. As a guide sea captains used a compass and the stars to get them safely to port....
Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

By Sister Meredith, OCD As a second year novice, I was sent to live with our elder sisters at the Casa Nazarena Convent, lovingly referred to as “Casa”. It’s the home for our sisters in need of assistance in their daily living due to age, sickness, or both. I recall...
The Sacred Triduum

The Sacred Triduum

By: Sister Meredith, OCD The Sacred Easter Triduum, or three holy days before Easter, is the summit of the Liturgical Year from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. “Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD The new year, new hopes for the future, new ideas for a better me. Oh yes…. A better me…. Hhhmmm…. What does that mean? There are so many levels of me. Where do I start? Definitely my relationship with God should be the first area to...
Slideshow | First Profession & Entrance into Novitiate 2017

Slideshow | First Profession & Entrance into Novitiate 2017

It is with great joy we Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles celebrate the Solemnity of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – the patronal feast of our Order – on July 16th. This already beautiful day signifies an additional great joy...
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....
Religious Life Article

Religious Life Article

By Anne Tschanz Ven. Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament —Obedient Servant of the Most Sacred Heart The Mexican Revolution of the 1920’s wreaked havoc upon the Church in Mexico, resulting in persecution, martyrdom and exile for many religious and priests....
Prophetic Vocation of Religious Life

Prophetic Vocation of Religious Life

Prophecy: Does it still happen? Where have all the prophets gone? Where are the Isaiahs, Jeremiahs and Ezekiels of the past? In the New Testament, Paul says, “God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers” (1 Cor. 12:28). What are...