Lovers of the Holy Cross Los Angeles


14700 S. Van Ness Avenue
Gardena, CA 90249

Main Number: 310-516-0271

Vocation Director: 714-548-6205

Community Information

Superior General:  Sister (Theresa) Thanh Hao Nguyen, L.H.C.

Vocation Director:  Sr. Christen Thanh Nguyen, L.H.C.
Vocation Phone:  714-548-6205

The first community of the Lovers of the Holy Cross was founded in Kien Lao, North Vietnam by French Missionary Bishop Pierre Marie Lambert de la Motte in 1670. Presently, there are twenty-nine congregations of the Lovers of the Holy Cross, with over five thousand Sisters in Southeast Asia: twenty-four congregations in Viet Nam, three in Thailand, one in Laos and one in Cambodia. The Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles was established in 1992 in the United States.The sisters are now ministering in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Diocese of Orange, and the Diocese of San Bernardino. They strive to continue Christ’s mission through services to the poor and the disadvantaged, with special consideration for women and children, in the areas of healthcare, education and social work.

Qualification for entry

•Be at least 18 years of age;

•have equivalent education of High School Diploma;

•have an average educational ability to comprehend the content of the program;

•have average physical and psychological health;

•have a desire to live a prayerful and apostolic life; and 

•have the ability to live community life.

Formation Program

•Aspirancy: 1-4 years: Age 18 and up

•Pre-Novitiate: 6 months to 1 year.  

•Novitiate: 2 years, including 12-month Canonical Novitiate 

•Temporary Profession: 5 or 6 years

•Perpetual Profession: On-going formation


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