In a historic move, six sisters from the contemplative branch of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity soon will live in and serve the Diocese of Orange…. 

While the diocese presently is home to several orders of active religious sisters, until now it has not had a contemplative order, says Joan Patten, AO, diocesan delegate for consecrated life. 

“The sisters live a simple life of radical poverty,” Patten says. “It’s a beautiful way to serve the poor….” 

As opposed to the more familiar Missionaries of Charity who are dedicated to meeting the corporal needs of the poorest of the poor, the order’s contemplative sisters focus on spiritual needs, praying with and for the poor in their neighborhoods, says Sister Ancy Kollikollavil, M.C., regional superior for the West Coast….

Strikingly, divine Providence – and St. Joseph – seem to have made the Missionaries of Charity’s move to Orange County possible. Work on their Santa Ana home commenced on the Feast Day of St. Joseph, March 19, and is expected to be completed by the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1.  

The home now is being renovated and adapted to the sisters’ needs thanks to the donated services of developers and construction workers….

The above comes from an April 19 story in O.C. Catholic.