Californians Pray as Assisted Suicide Becomes Law

We rail against a broken health-care system, but people need to see what good care actually looks like. We need to offer a solution, not just point to a problem. Santa Teresita is a special, sacred place.

Why Do We Pray?

St. Therese said, “Prayer is a surge of the heart…a cry of recognition and of love.” Here she is referring to our hearts, our cries. But I think she would readily agree we could look at prayer from a different angle.

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

“What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter.

Lord, Open My Lips

In praying the Liturgy of the Hours, we offer our prayer to the Father through Jesus Christ, in power of the Holy Spirit.

God Is Enough

We sisters are often asked to explain what our life as  consecrated women is like. Each time I am asked to do this, the same question lingers in my mind. How can I explain the in-explainable? Human words can never explain supernatural realities.

The Paschal Mystery

As we stand on holy ground and look deeply into the Mystery, where do we see ourselves within it? How do we experience its presence on a daily basis?

Mercy on the MOVE

As we cross the threshold of this blessed Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us allow our hearts to be set ablaze with Jesus’ missionary zeal.

We Support the Little Sisters of the Poor

Join us in prayer for the Little Sisters of the Poor as they prepare to bring their case to the Supreme Court on March 23, 2016

Uncovering Human Dignity with Mercy

When Pope Francis asks the Church to “announce the mercy of God,” he is asking us to recognize the dignity of every human person. Let us heed the call!

Nothing is Impossible

Through prayer, joyful witness and loving service, The Carmelite Sisters are able to promote a deeper spiritual life among God’s people. The Carmelite Sisters have gathered footage from their many apostolic service locations and put together this wonderful video which truly is a labor of love.

Moments of Grace...A Book of True Stories

For the first time ever, the Carmelite Sisters are sharing in a 350+ book, stories that have only been shared within the convent walls.  Expect to cry, laugh and to be inspired. Order your copy today! Share with us what you think as you read…

Our Mission
We are called by God to be a presence inflamed within our world, witnessing to God’s love through prayer, joyful witness and loving service. Our mission is a God-given mission which overflows from each sister’s profound life of prayer.
"True compassion does not marginalize, humiliate or exclude and does not celebrate the passing away of a patient."
-Pope Francis
Sister Mary Clare, Santa Teresita Chief Executive Officer interviewed on EWTN’s Nightly News about California’s new law and the importance of building a culture of life


Mother Luisita Pilgrimage | 2016

On February 13, 2016 a group walked in the footsteps of a woman of courage and faith, determined to live the Will of our Lord in her life

Serving with the Sisters

Do you have a heart for service? Join the Carmelite Sisters for a unique experience that will combine depth of Carmelite Spirituality with the joy of volunteering. We will take on special projects at the Sisters’ apostolates of health care, retreat work and education while seeking to bring the light and joy of Christ to all those we meet.

Handmaidens in California

Join us for an Advent Day of Prayer for young women (between 18 and 35) which will include talks, Las Posadas, Dinner and Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. The topics of the talks will be Reflecting the Purity of the Immaculate Heart and St. Mary Magdalene and the Purifying Fire of Love.

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May Crowning

May is the month traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. As part of our May traditions, Catholics around the world may celebrate Mary in a special way by having a “May Crowning”.

Nothing Is Impossible to God

Often when I introduce myself, people seem surprised. “I thought Carmelites were cloistered?” Occasionally there is a slight tone of suspicion in their voice, as if maybe we were escapees or something. I am always prompt to clarify things for them.

Why Do We Pray?

St. Therese said, “Prayer is a surge of the heart…a cry of recognition and of love.” Here she is referring to our hearts, our cries. But I think she would readily agree we could look at prayer from a different angle.

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