Sr. Julianna Gonzalez, OCD


ister Julianna leads a monthly faith formation program called Handmaidens for young women seeking a deeper spiritual life. She walks with young adults in spiritual accompaniment which is intentionally listening to their story, helping them recognize the movements of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and encouraging them to respond wholeheartedly to their unique God-given mission and vocation.

17 years in Carmel, Sister Julianna has grown in her passion for a contemplative life, specifically finding God in the active apostolate, or workplace, through the spirit of Carmel and the principles of organizational health. St. Teresa of Avila says, “God is found among the pots and pans.” After studying Business Management and Theology at Franciscan University, Steubenville, and serving in administration for several years, Sister ventured to encounter God amidst Apostolic Plans, HR, Budgets and other leadership responsibilities. Sister found a particular love for the formation of lay co-workers who are committed to the mission of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.

Sister Julianna encountered the living God in the apostolate. And there were times when she failed to receive him. Through the very challenges she faced, the Heavenly Father lead Sister Julianna by a new path of “hidden graces” that propelled a journey of deeper, inner healing. Practicing the principles of organizational health and walking in the healing love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sister enjoys imparting the richness of Carmelite Spirituality and “Life in abundance” as beloved daughters of the Father.