“I have come to Carmel to pray especially for priests.” These words of Saint Therese resonate in the hearts of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. The Carmelite Sisters deeply appreciate and desire to honor those men who have laid down their lives for the Church as priests. Therefore, the Sisters pray daily for priests and remember them throughout their daily activities.
In addition to praying for priests, the Carmelite Sisters at the Sacred Heart Retreat House desire to provide a place for priests to come and spend time in a place where they can find rest, solitude, and refreshment. Therefore, we invite priests to our “Priests’s Cottages” for retreats, vacations, or visits. We also have other opportunities for our priests to be honored for the great gift that they are to the universal Church. Please see below for more information.
As many of us are aware, the responsibilities of a priest are numerous. Their lives involve daily sacrifice and surrender in order to share the love of our Lord with all His children. The gift of the priesthood is central to our lives of faith, and as Carmelite Sisters, we are honored to provide a place for our priests to imitate our Lord Who “went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:23). The Sacred Heart Retreat House provides a beautiful campus with serene gardens and walkways, a place for our priests to celebrate Mass daily, and a dining room where their meals are served. If you are a priest who would like to make a reservation or someone who would like to purchase a gift certificate for their priest(s) to come to Sacred Heart Retreat House for their retreat or vacation, please contact us using the information provided below. Giving the special gift of a day, a week, or longer at the newly refurbished priests’ cottages at the Sacred Heart Retreat House is a beautiful way that family, friends, parish members, or even fellow priests can honor their beloved priests.
In addition to the private retreats and vacations that can be scheduled individually, priests are welcome to attend our annual Priest Retreat (please see our scheduled retreats for dates). These special retreats will include various conferences, times for personal prayer, Adoration, and the celebration of the Holy Mass.
This spiritual enrollment is a wonderful gesture of gratitude for any priest. The inside of the card reads, “May Christ the High Priest watch over you with His protective care and loving presence.” Priests who are enrolled will share in:
- The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered in the Carmelite Sisters Motherhouse Chapel
- Daily remembrance in the Divine Office, hours of prayer, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, rosaries, silent praise, work and sacrifice
- All the good works of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
To enroll a priest with this spiritual gift, please download the Priests’ enrollment forms and mail with checks payable to the Carmelite Sisters to the following address:
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
Atten: Priests’ Enrollments
920 E. Alhambra Road
Alhambra, CA 91801