The New Mission of the Sacred Heart Retreat House

Drawing closer to the Heart of Jesus

We live our mission by:

  1. Offering programs in keeping with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
  2. Imparting our Carmleite Spirituality of facilitating an encounter with God through extended and day retreats, classes, workshops, and conferences to individuals and groups of all ages.
  3. Providing facilities for both silent and interactive retreat experiences.

Our Core Values

Catholic Identity

We are committed to providing Catholic programs that are rooted in Christ and the Gospel, in loving service and loyal to the Magisterium of the Church.


We value the dignity of each person as a child of God, as expressed in the spirit of our Foundress, Mother Luisita.


We believe in the sacredness of the family and support families (“the domestic Church”) through our programs.


We provide a welcoming oasis of peace, joy and security to facilitate an encounter with God for each person.

A Mission Renewed

While our former Mission statement, “Promoting a Deeper Spiritual Life Among God’s People,” captured the essence of our ministry, we felt called to express the warmth and intimate love of the Sacred Heart that fires our mission more deeply. Who we are and how we serve is all about Drawing Closer to the Heart of Jesus.
Our three new strategic anchors are:

Called to Greatness

Mother Luisita says we were made “for greater things” and invites us to a deeper understanding of the dignity of the human person by:

  • Teaching people how to pray; encounter God within; learn one’s true identity
  • Preparing the soul for silence and encounter
  • Building on the innate desire to be known and loved
  • Instructing others in Carmelite Spirituality

Journeying Together

We accompany souls on their journey of healing by:

  • Providing opportunities to dialogue with the Carmelite Sisters in one-on-one conversations
  • Allowing optional small group discussions and activities with the Carmelite Sisters and retreatants
  • Offering activities that meet participants where they are on their journey


We create a space for wholeness that allows God to enter the soul by:

  • Focusing on programs that provide a space for healing
  • Facing our woundedness with Jesus, the Healer
  • Providing opportunities to fellowship with others through the healing process
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