Our beginnings…

A look at the history of our community, with its motherhouse in Alhambra, California, reveals how its life-giving presence has come about.

During the early decades of the 1900s, just as the epic Mexican revolution was subsiding, a ruthless religious persecution was gaining momentum in Mexico.
During the revolution and religious persecution in Mexico of the 1920s, Mother Luisita became a light in the darkness.  She established schools, hospitals, and orphanages. The very persecution which sought to destroy her work only helped spread it to the United States.  This became Mother Luisita’s legacy.

This violent persecution provided the backdrop to the birth and humble beginnings of our community.

Mother Luisita taught her daughters to cling to God in mind and heart through contemplative prayer.  Through loving apostolic service, they would associate themselves with the work of Redemption and spreading the Kingdom of God.

Those seeds planted by Mother Luisita, have blossomed in the United States since those early days. While people and places have changed, the heart of our mission remains the same. In 1983, our community became an autonomous religious institute.

Today, we continue our loving service in our healthcare facilities, retreat houses and schools, which to this day, remain oases of life and hope.

At the heart of our vocation is a passionate mission of making Jesus Christ known through loving service…

in schools by “Educating for Life with the Mind and Heart of Christ”;

in senior healthcare by being “At the Service of the Family for Life”;

and in retreat work by “Promoting a Deeper Spiritual Life” among God’s people.

On July 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II promulgated that Mother Maria Luisa Josefa be called “Venerable”.  This means it has been proven that Mother Luisita practiced her virtues to a heroic degree. She is now a candidate for beatification, which requires one miracle through her intercession.