Los Angeles Province
After 36 days of arduous travel, seven sisters arrived in Tucson, May 26, 1870, from St. Louis. Riding the newly-completed transcontinental railroad from St. Louis to San Francisco took only five days; the sea voyage by ocean steamer from San Francisco to San Diego took another five days. But the real adventure began with the wagon trip that led through the heat and dangers of the southwestern desert, finally bringing them safely to their destination, Tucson. The bishop of this newly populated area had requested sisters who would open and staff schools.
Today, Sisters in the Los Angeles Province serve in education, health care and social service agencies. They are especially mindful of children whose parents are incarcerated and arrange visits between those children and their parents. One special ministry stands out: St. Joseph Center in Venice. Its mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children of all ages, with the inner resources to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community. One of its specialized services, the Bread and Roses Café, provides the homeless with a nutritious meal in a comfortable, welcoming environment and fosters respect and trust between guests and staff. Each day, up to 150 homeless men, women and children eat at Bread and Roses. In place of standing in line, guests sit at tables replete with tablecloths and fresh flowers while volunteers act as waiters. Sisters in Los Angeles hold this ministry in sacred trust.
In The News
- Sisters’ ministry featured on New York Times site (5/22/2017) - Get On the Bus, a ministry founded by two of our Sisters in California was recently featured in a wonderful ...Read More
- Sisters complete Italian Pilgrimage (5/4/2017) - On April 11, Sisters Teresa Harpin (right) and Theresa Lynch (left) began a pilgrimage from the Basilica of San Francisco ...Read More
- Sister Michelle Humke receives award (3/20/2017) - Sister Michelle Humke Receives Preceptor Award from Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers ...Read More
- Sister profiled for work with the homeless in LA (11/5/2016) - Michele Morris, CSJ was profiled in the Thanksgiving edition of the Easy Reader News of Hermosa Beach, Calif. Sister Michele ...Read More
- Sister shares experience ministering at Camp Suzanne (10/20/2016) - Sister Mary Schneider wrote of her experience volunteering at Camp Suzanne near Los Angeles this past summer. The camp for ...Read More
- Get on the Bus program brings fathers, children together on Fathers Day (6/21/2016) - The 2016 Get on the Bus Fathers Day Celebration at California's San Quentin Prison brought many families together. Get on ...Read More
- Three updates from our sisters in Los Angeles (5/16/2016) - Sisters honored by Mount St. Mary's University Sisters Carol Brong and Constance Fitzgerald accepted the Carondelet Medal on behalf of ...Read More
- LA sisters’ Get on the Bus ministry makes the news (5/16/2016) - Get on the Bus, a ministry founded in part by Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, was featured today on CBS Sacramento ...Read More
- LA Mayor celebrates National Day of Prayer with sisters (5/6/2016) - Yesterday several of our sisters joined other other religious leaders at an interfaith event held by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garrett, ...Read More
- Sister Judy Vaughn’s work at Alexandria House featured (4/7/2016) - Sister Judy Vaughn, CSJ was recently profiled by the Angelus, the online arm of The Tidings newspaper of the Los ...Read More