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Sr. Cecilia Canales, O.P., Vicar:

The 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 Cecilia Canales was appointed as the Vicar for Women Religious by Archbishop José H. Gomez.  Sister Cecilia has just finished her sabbatical year after a 10-year ministry in congregational leadership. In past years, Sister Cecilia has been in elementary and high school teaching, parish pastoral ministry and retreat ministry. She has served as the director of novices for the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and as the director of human formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California.

In this new ministry, Sister Cecilia serves the general population of women religious, chairing the Sisters’ Council, an advisory group that deals with issues pertaining to various facets in meeting the needs of the people of God within the local Church, and the Advisory Committee of Major Superiors, which assists in the identification and planning of projects and programs for the sisters in the Archdiocese. The variety of ethnic populations within the Los Angeles Archdiocese is reflected in the 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.

In her own words to the sisters: “Every day continues to be an adventure in learning! I am enjoying the opportunities to meet some of you and to get to know more about the wonderful things religious are doing throughout the Archdiocese. Thank you for the incredible ways you are serving and witnessing to God’s love.”

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