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...
God Is Enough

God Is Enough

We sisters are often asked to explain what our life as  consecrated women is like. Each time I am asked to do this, the same question lingers in my mind. How can I explain the in-explainable? Human words can never explain supernatural realities. Vatican II did a...
Lord, Open My Lips

Lord, Open My Lips

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the...
Memories of Receiving the Habit

Memories of Receiving the Habit

On the day I received the religious habit, I was 19 years old and only a little more than 10 months in the Community.  The experience was a life-changing one as in our early formation we  knew that the Reception of the Habit was the beginning of our “spousal...
What is Formation?

What is Formation?

When a young woman is considering the possibility of entering Religious Life, one of the greatest fears that her parents confront is that their daughter will lose her most unique and beautiful and precious traits. They may wonder, “Will the Nuns brainwash my daughter?...
How Do I Tell My Parents?

How Do I Tell My Parents?

The urging in your heart won’t be silenced. You know that you must tell them. But as soon as you start thinking about how to go about it, your hands get all sweaty and your heart begins to pound wildly. You pray for help. Surely there has to be some App with helpful...
Obedience: In Intimacy with the Father

Obedience: In Intimacy with the Father

Sister Faustina, OCD What was it about Jesus that drew the apostles to leave everything and follow Him?  Yes, He called them, “Come, follow me,” but what was it that made them so eager to remain with Him to the end?  Was it His fascinating miracles?  (Walking on water...
What is a Vocation and How is it Different from a Job?

What is a Vocation and How is it Different from a Job?

We all have to grow up. Sooner or later, it happens. That moment when we let go of not only our childhood, or adolescence, or high school/college years, we let go of that whole first segment of life – those early years when we loved and were loved, cared for and...
Why Consecrated Chastity?

Why Consecrated Chastity?

Several years ago a voice was heard bellowing out in an airport waiting area, “Chaste for 45 years!”The surrounding space was electrified as heads turned toward us as I stood facing a non-Christian gentleman who had asked me if we practiced chastity and then posed to...
Transfiguration and Religious Life

Transfiguration and Religious Life

By: Sister Mary Louise, OCD“Those who allow themselves to be seized by this love cannot help but abandon everything to follow Him.” Saint John Paul II’s words have been a personal inspiration to me all throughout my religious life. My copy of Vita Consecrata has been...
Personal Reflection on Chastity

Personal Reflection on Chastity

By: Sister Mary Louise, OCDI’m not much of a gardener but I do enjoy sitting in our beautiful gardens and sort of letting the beauty of nature speak to me about God. Remember that line from the cartoon Alice in Wonderland? You really can learn a lot of things from the...
Henceforth You Will Be Called

Henceforth You Will Be Called

Such joy! A baby is born. So innocent. So pure. So new.“What is the baby’s name?” you ask.In our Catholic tradition, parents are asked to give the name of a saint to their child. That saint becomes the child’s patron and most Catholic families read stories to their...
Retired Religious Still Going Strong

Retired Religious Still Going Strong

By: Maryann Gogniat EidemillerExcerpt from OSV Newsweekly  No one is officially retired at the retirement center of Colombiere Jesuit Community in Clarkston, Michigan.“There’s no vacation from the vocation,” said Jesuit Father Edward Ifkovits, the rector’s assistant...
Revitalize Religious Consecration

Revitalize Religious Consecration

By Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D.A fast search on Google will show that just about anything that exists needs to be revitalized from Instant Coffee to Skin Care, from Blogs to Cities, from Outdoor Advertizing to Ad Campaigns. Is it any wonder that Religious Life also...
An Evening of Appreciation for Women Religious

An Evening of Appreciation for Women Religious

The evening of Sunday, May 31st, found our chapel and plaza at Sacred Heart Retreat House packed with more than 185 sisters representing 26 communities from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  In celebration of this Year of Consecrated Life, friends of our community...
What is Spiritual Motherhood?

What is Spiritual Motherhood?

Motherhood is about reverencing, protecting, and nurturing life…So, what exactly is spiritual motherhood? Glad you asked! Let’s look first at some key attributes of natural motherhood. Moms are the first conduits of life; with God working in and through them new...
Religious Are Reaching Out During the Year of Consecrated Life

Religious Are Reaching Out During the Year of Consecrated Life

Orders find ways to interact with laypeople to introduce them to the consecrated way of life By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles were looking for 10,000 people to make a commitment to pray for...
The Fruit of Your Prayers for Vocations…

The Fruit of Your Prayers for Vocations…

Do you pray for vocations?  Your prayers are POWERFUL and we are GRATEFUL!Here are some of the fruits of your prayers… Click here to find out how you can help us promote vocations.Click here if you would like to adopt a...
World Day of Prayer for Vocations…A Word From Pope Francis

World Day of Prayer for Vocations…A Word From Pope Francis

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCISFOR THE 52nd WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS26 APRIL 2015 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTERTheme: Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocationDear Brothers and Sisters,The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who...
The Gift of Music in Miami

The Gift of Music in Miami

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, a group of 15 sisters from California joined our sisters living in Miami to sing for a concert sponsored by the Friends of Carmel.  Held in Comber Hall, Church of the Little Flower, it was truly a once in a life-time event since we are not...
What is a Charism? (Pt. 1)

What is a Charism? (Pt. 1)

The mere title itself begs a definition but that definition is dependent on the context in which the word is used. Most persons, if at a loss for an exact definition, would perhaps at least associate the word with charisma or charismatic. But each of these words has...
Jubilee at the Cathedral, 2015

Jubilee at the Cathedral, 2015

Fidelity is measured one day at a time.  When we celebrate our sister’s jubilees, we are celebrating the fact that for 25 year, 50 years, 60 years, they have gotten up every single day to love and serve Jesus and His Church.  Our jubilarians this year have given...
Prayer Drive For Vocations…Thank You for Praying!

Prayer Drive For Vocations…Thank You for Praying!

From February 2 – 10 we hosted a Prayer Drive for Vocations (read more about what it entailed below).  You can see the whole Prayer Drive unfold on our Facebook page by clicking here. To all of you who joined us..thank you!  Our goal was 10,0000 people praying...