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.

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