Carmelite Sisters

The Carmelite Sisters were invited to serve at Archbishop Coleman Carroll in 2002 by Archbishop John Favalora. At that time, three Carmelite Sisters were appointed to serve as leaders in Campus Ministry and in the Theology Department. In 2008, the Sisters were invited to additionally take on the role of Administration at Archbishop Coleman Carroll.

Meet the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
For more information on the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart, please visit our Website:

Who are the Carmelite Sisters?

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles were born out of a time of intense religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s, forcing some of the Sisters to come to the United States. Currently, 100 years later, there are 120 Carmelite Sisters serving in education, healthcare and retreat work in areas of Los Angeles, California, Denver, Colorado and Miami, Florida.

What is Our Charism?

A Carmelite Sister exists to stand in the presence of the living God, and with Mary, to make known to the world the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Striving for holiness and wholeness, individually and together as a family is our daily journey. Community life, encompassing all aspects of our day (times of prayer, meals, recreation, service, daily duties), draws us closer together into shared life and mission.
Essential to every Carmelite Sister are four core values:

  • Being joyful: delighting in life as it is
  • Authentic: possessing and expressing our genuine selves.
  • Totally-Given: trusting in Divine Providence and abiding in His will
  • Family Spirit: Sister among sisters giving and receiving love.

Our life is characterized by:

  • A life of prayer and union with God
  • A deep love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist
  • Devotion to our Blessed Mother
  • Steadfast fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
  • Praying for priests
  • Commitment to apostolic service of the Church through healthcare, education, and spiritual retreats
  • Daily prayer together: Holy Hour, with Eucharistic adoration and rosary; and chanting of the Divine Office