Carmel of St. Therese, exteriorName of Church Carmel of St. Teresa chapel

Address 215 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California 91776

Phone number 626-282-2387


Mass times Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m., the chapel is open to the general public and visitors may attend Mass.

Confessions Go to St. Therese Church, served by the Discalced Carmelite Friars, for confession; none are available to the public at the monastery.

Names of priests One of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of St. Therese Church comes to say the morning Mass.

Carmel of St. Therese, interiorSpecial events In 2013, the monastery celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.  The public had a rare glimpse inside the monastery walls as the sisters opened their doors for Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gomez, and a reception on the beautiful monastery grounds.

Fellow parishioners The sisters themselves are young and old; the neighborhood of San Gabriel and San Marino is predominantly English-speaking.

Parking Park on the street.

Acoustics  Fine.

Additional observations  The Carmel of St. Teresa was established in 1913 when five Discalced Carmelite nuns left their community to establish a monastery in Southern California.  The San Gabriel/San Marino area contains middle and upper class homes.  The monastery’s buildings fit the look of the area, and are built of red brick with a tile roof.  The grounds are surrounded by a wall; inside are large trees, well maintained gardens, and a Marian grotto.  The Carmelites enjoy a contemplative life, away from the world.  Like that of the community’s namesake and well-known saint, St. Teresa of Avila, the sisters’ day is made up of prayer, silence, penance and sacrifice and work.

Like many churches built in the Pasadena area at the time, the church is graced with a  traditional altar, stained glass windows, and traditional statues.  The sisters sit in a different section of the church than the laity during Mass, so you will not see them (except perhaps when they come up for Communion).  About 15 sisters live in the monastery.  On the same street a few blocks down is the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Motherhouse, which includes its Sacred Heart Retreat house. They wear the habit like the Carmel of Teresa sisters, but are not cloistered.