Year of Consecrated Life…From Pope Francis to You

Year of Consecrated Life…From Pope Francis to You

As the Year for Consecrated Life begins, our Holy Father has written a letter to all of his brothers and sisters in consecrated life and to the whole Church.  He writes,  “I decided to proclaim a Year of Consecrated Life on the occasion of the fiftieth...
Giving Everything to God…An Interview with Sister Faustina

Giving Everything to God…An Interview with Sister Faustina

An excerpt from the article “Living the Consecrated Life: Sister Faustina, ‘Giving Everything to God'” printed in the The TidingsBy: R.W. DellingerSister’s Day The day for Sister Faustina starts a little before 5 a.m. Together with other...
Apostolic Fire

Apostolic Fire

The other day while praying my meditation in the quiet of the late afternoon, with the outside shadows lengthening and the expectant hush of eventide marking the ending of another day, for some reason my mind wandered to the microphone in the sanctuary. I was drawn to...
Entrance To Postulancy

Entrance To Postulancy

On September 14, 2014, our three aspirants: Jodi, Marlee, and Leah began their postulancy.  Celebrate with us as our newest members take their first steps in religious life…enjoy the photos!It is “Smile” from our album Lean Into the Wind which is...
The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

In July the Podcasting Nuns from A Nun’s Life Ministry brought their Motherhouse Roadtrip here to Alhambra.  Sister Faustina (left) and Sister Timothy Marie (right) participated in this live podcast interview.  Listen here for a great conversation about...
Because You Say Forever…

Because You Say Forever…

You said “Come follow” and so I came. You have proved faithful again and again. You took the first step when you called my name. Because you say “Forever” I want to say the same.(lyrics from “Because You Say Forever,” on our Lean Into the Wind...
First Profession of Vows | July 16, 2014

First Profession of Vows | July 16, 2014

On July 16th, Sister Laetitia Therese, Sister Mara, and Sister Joseph Francesca were consecrated to Christ through their First Profession of Vows as Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.  Rejoice with us and pray for our newest brides!  
The Joy of Fidelity…Celebrating Jubilees

The Joy of Fidelity…Celebrating Jubilees

In a fast food, instant messaging, disposable culture, it is refreshing and life giving to celebrate the long lasting, daily faithfulness of women who have kept their vows for 25, 70, 80 years.  Jubilees invite all of us to renew our own vows, whether in consecrated...
One Day Closer…Formation is a Lifelong Journey

One Day Closer…Formation is a Lifelong Journey

It takes approximately 3 to 4 years of formation, learning and in some cases, I dare say, (unlearning) as a candidate, postulant, and novice in our community to become a Carmelite Sister. It seems like a lifetime of waiting before one is finally approved to pronounce...
Evangelical to Anglican to Catholic…to Carmelite?  Seeking Truth.

Evangelical to Anglican to Catholic…to Carmelite? Seeking Truth.

Leah DesGeorges has spent the last year praying and working with us as one of our Candidates.  The purpose of the candidacy is two-fold: to provide a time of serious discernment regarding a possible vocation to our community and to provide the applicant with a deeper...
The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

Motherhouse Road Trip

A Nun’s Life Ministry will visit the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, California, for an Ask Sister podcast on Wednesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Pacific / 5 p.m. Eastern. Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. and Sister Faustina will join the hosts of the...
“How is Your Soul?”  A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

“How is Your Soul?” A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

“Spiritual motherhood, what in the world is that?” Spiritual motherhood is a topic that more people are becoming aware of within the Catholic Church. Around the United States, retreats and conferences include this subject and new groups are forming to implement its...
Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I...
A Good Habit….

A Good Habit….

Our community was started in Mexico by our Foundress, Mother Luisita in the 1920’s.  Due to the religious persecution in Mexico at the time, it soon became not just illegal to wear the habit, but very dangerous.  As a result, today our sisters wear the habit...
Reception of the Holy Habit…Meet our Youngest Brides

Reception of the Holy Habit…Meet our Youngest Brides

Sister Laetitia Therese, Sister Joseph Francesca, and Sister Mara received the holy habit of Carmel on March 25th, in preparation for their First Profession of Vows in July.  Please join us in praying for our youngest brides! Reflections on wearing the holy habit of...
80 Years in the Hands of God

80 Years in the Hands of God

By Sister Mary Jeanne, OCDIn 1924, just a few years before she had to leave her beloved Mexico in disguise as a refugee from religious persecution, Mother Luisita, the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, prepared a young girl...
Light of Love

Light of Love

Imagine Sisters is a movement that “wants to encourage and inspire a culture of vocations to women’s religious life by fostering a deep desire for holiness through the witness of religious sisters.”  They created the film titled “Light of...
Slideshow | First Profession of Vows | January 12, 2014

Slideshow | First Profession of Vows | January 12, 2014

Please join us in praying for our Sister Pia of the Pierced Heart, O.C.D. Homily from the First ProfessionMass of First Profession of Vows of Sister Pia of the Pierced Heart, OCDSacred Heart Retreat HouseCarmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los AngelesJanuary...
Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Advent in CarmelTo experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as...
Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Therese

Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Therese

 A Reflection on the Little Way of St. ThereseEvery month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of us, this single day out of each month is dearly loved and longed for. We meet and work...
Remembering Mother Margarita Maria

Remembering Mother Margarita Maria

Mother Margarita Maria, O.C.D.February 25, 1903 – September 21, 1988Those who knew Mother Margarita know that throughout life her goal was to be faithful to Christ until the end. This was a predominant thought expressed in many of her speeches and finally...
Reflections from our Newly Professed Sisters

Reflections from our Newly Professed Sisters

Sister Maria Goretti and Sister Gianna recently professed their First Vows as Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, on July 16th, the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During this first year of profession, they will spend a few months serving...
Religious Life | Joy in Carmel

Religious Life | Joy in Carmel

We  celebrated two joyous occasions here in Carmel on the Feast of our beloved patroness Saint Therese.  In the evening on Monday, September 30th, Isabel Galvan entered the Postulancy and the next day Sister Pia received her holy habit in preparation for her first...