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Meet our Vicar for Women Religious:

Sr. Maria Carlos-Valdez, E.I.N.

srmaria.pngThe title “Vicar for Women Religious” identifies the person who represents the Ordinary of the Archdiocese to those who are members of religious communities within it and carries out the responsibilities he sees as related to their lives as consecrated religious. 

Sister Maria Carlos-Valdez was appointed as the Vicar for Women Religious by Archbishop José H. Gomez.  Sister Maria is a member of the community Esclavas de la Inmaculada Niña serving in Boyle Heights, where she has been the local superior for the past six years. Previously she served in the Diocese of San Bernardino for 10 years as Parish Ministers Formation Coordinator, has been in Catechetical ministry and was part of the Council of Religious in the Diocese of San Bernardino. She is Master Catechist, Spiritual Director, and has a Certificate on Pastoral Care from Loyola Marymount University.  

In this new ministry, Sister Maria serves the general population of women religious in her work with the Archdiocesan Association of Consecrated Women Coordinating Council in the development of programs and events for the on-going formation of consecrated women including the annual archdiocesan celebration of religious jubilees, World Day for Consecrated Life and on-going lecture and retreat presentations.  She officially represents consecrated women working and living in the Archdiocese in all matters directly related to the local Church by communicating their needs to the appropriate archdiocesan administrative office, by being their representative presence at official archdiocesan functions, as well as visiting with individual consecrated women and with religious communities, as appropriate.

The variety of ethnic populations within the Los Angeles Archdiocese is reflected in the diverse ethnicity of the women religious ministering among the people. The ethnic composite of this group is approximately three-fifths European American and European, one-fifth Hispanic and one-fifth other cultures, predominantly Asian. The vicar provides an orientation and on-going assistance for women religious coming from other countries; coordinates special programs designed to meet their needs.

In her own words to the sisters: “With a trembling “Yes”, I am here to journey with you in this adventure of life. In the Archdiocese, we are a Community of Communities; of many we are one.” 


Sr. Maria Carlos-Valdez, E.I.N.​

Phone | (213) 637-7592 

Email | Sr.MCarlos@la-archdiocese.org


Maria G. Reyes, Executive Assistant:

Phone | (213) 637-7559

Email | MGReyes@la-archdiocese.org​​​​

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