Praised be Jesus Christ! Welcome to your Virtual Weekend Retreat prepared for you with love by the Carmelite Sisters at Sacred Heart Retreat House.

We have been isolated and quarantined for many weeks now. This is the time to give God space to share with him all your experiences. Here, now, in this room He meets you, not just at the Church or adoration chapel, but in your heart and in the hearts of your loved ones right next door. God will reward you for giving Him this time to speak, for allowing Him to share His deep and abiding love for you.

If you are like many of the faithful, you might be experiencing anxiety, isolation, and maybe a little anger from not being able to go to Holy Mass, to receive Him in Holy Communion or the sacraments. These emotions are natural and normal.
Our mother Foundress, Venerable Mother Luisita would say to you:

“Form a rich and beautiful tabernacle for our Lord within your heart
and then do not let him go.
In that way, you will always have him with you.
Enter within yourself, and meeting Him, tell Him all your experiences.”

As you receive each email, we encourage you to stay in the present moment and assure you of our prayers, all 130 of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles!

Tips for your Retreat

Prepare a Prayer Space

  • Listen in a room inside or outside set apart from others, not where there is a television or computer screen on.  Try to pray in this space consistently.
  • Make sure that you are comfortable, but not too comfortable.
  • Give yourself a solid 45-60 minutes of time to listen and then pray and reflect after the conference.
  • Have a journal you can write with, if it is helpful, and write down any key points that struck you.  As you know, this is the way the Holy Spirit works.  He inspires you to ponder certain truths that He wants you to deepen in your understanding.

Stay Recollected

  • Although silence might be difficult if you live with others, share with them what you are doing so that they can respect your time and space, or invite them to listen in with you!
  • You can also take the talks and prayers outside on a walk or while gardening or other, but try to stay away from unnecessary conversation. The most important thing is that you keep your interior peace of soul.

Stay on Schedule

  • You will receive links to the next conference according to a specific schedule
  • You may choose to either listen to these conferences according to the time range provided, or at your own timing as the conferences will be accessible to you at anytime. We do recommend that you listen to all the talks in the order that you receive them.

Royal and Redeemed: Come to Know Your Dignity as a Daughter of the King

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles is a vibrant community based in Los Angeles, California. Our way of life is rooted in the Gospel, and in the Carmelite spirituality of St. Teresa of Ávila.  “Carmel” means enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of Teresa’s doctrine.

Thus, our charism unites the contemplative nature of Carmel with active apostolic works in service of the Church.  We live the charism of our foundress, Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament in promoting a deeper spiritual life among God’s people through education, healthcare, and spiritual retreats.  Please visit www.carmelitesistersocd.com for more information.

Retreat Schedule

This is a suggested retreat schedule.  Feel free to listen at your own pace as the conferences will remain accessible to you so long as you keep this link.

Friday Evening | Orientation and Conference 1: Daughter of the King, by Sister Gianna, O.C.D.

  • Participants should receive the email no later than 4:00 p.m.
  • Listen anytime after 6:30 p.m., your time.

Saturday Morning | Conference 2: The Royal Way: In the Lives of Edith and Esther, by Sister Meredith, O.C.D.

  • Participants should receive the email no later than 8:00 a.m.
  • Listen between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your time.

Saturday Afternoon | Conference 3: Royalty Restored: Our Path to Healing, by Sister Maria Goretti, O.C.D.

  • Participants should receive the email no later than 1:00 p.m.
  • Listen between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., your time.

Saturday Afternoon | Question and Answer Session

Sunday Morning | Conference 4: The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand – The Royal Way with Mary,
by Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D.

  • Participants should receive the email no later than 8:00 a.m.
  • Listen between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., your time.
    Post Retreat Follow up Examen and Resolutions, immediately after retreat.

Conference 1 Conference 1: Daughter of the King

Click through the link below to access our first Conference, “Daughter of the King”, a talk given by Sister Gianna, O.C.D.

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