St. Theresa school is staffed by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Their heritage is rooted in the Gospel, the Church, and the spirituality of Carmel as lived out through the charism of the foundress, Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In His merciful goodness, God has graced the Institute with the Carmelite charism which has its roots in a long history and living tradition. The spirituality of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross is rooted in this tradition. Carmel means enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of Teresa’s doctrine. Thus, the vocation is a grace by which contemplation and action are blended to become an apostolic service of the Church. They promote a deeper spiritual life among God’s people through education, healthcare, and spiritual retreats.
The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles are called by God to be a presence inflamed within our world, witnessing to God’s love through prayer, joyful witness, and loving service. Their mission is a God-given mission. It is a mission of the heart, a mission of loving service in the fields of healthcare, education and spiritual retreats. Their loving service to God’s people overflows from each sister’s profound life of prayer. Mother Luisita, the foundress, used this analogy to describe the mission, “…the soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”
The Carmelite Sisters’ work in Catholic schools from California to Miami, Florida. The gift of religious vocation is a source of strength to carry out their mission. While meeting or exceeding the academic requirements of each diocese, the schools led by the Sisters strive to prepare students with the spiritual and personal development they need to become well-rounded individuals and active members of the faith community. The Sisters, teachers, and staff strive to create an environment of respect, love for those in need, and appreciation for God's creation.