Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament
(affectionately known as Mother Luisita)
Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
In the 1920’s during the revolution and religious persecution in Mexico in the beginning days of our Congregation, our Foundress, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament became a light in that darkness of confusion and hatred. She established schools, hospitals, and orphanages. The very persecution which sought to destroy her work only spread it to another land, our own United States. Her ideal of combining contemplation with apostolic love taught her daughters to cling to God in mind and heart, while associating themselves with the work of Redemption and spreading the Kingdom of God.
On July 1, 2000, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II promulgated that Mother Maria Luisa Josefa be called Venerable, which means that 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.