Meet the Carmelite Sisters
The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles is an Institute of Women Religious dedicated to a life prayer, in service of the Church through education, healthcare and spiritual retreats. Founded in 1920, the Sisters began teaching at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic STEM School in 2003 and assumed administration of the school in 2013.
Founded by Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the way of life of the Carmelite Sisters is rooted in the Gospel, and in the Carmelite Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. “Carmel” means enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of Teresa’s doctrine. This life of deep prayer informs all of our service in the Church. The mission of the Carmelite Sisters is the promote a deeper spiritual life among God’s people through education, healthcare and spiritual retreats.
God calls us to be a presence inflamed within our world. We are called to witness to God’s love through prayer and loving service. Our God-given mission overflows from each Sister’s profound life of prayer. It is a mission of the heart, a labor of love, to serve those entrusted to our care.
Mother Luisita used this analogy to describe our mission: “The soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, Who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”