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 Vicar for Women Religious


The Office of the Vicar for Women Religious exists to assist women religious with all matters directly related to the Archdiocese. 

Besides serving the general population of women religious, several other groups are under the auspices of this Office. There are diverse forms of consecrated life that are also served by this office. Men or women who are looking to found a religious institute are supervised by this office.
According to data collected in the annual information updating conducted in August, 2013 by the Office of Vicar for Women Religious, there are at present 130 Religious Institutes represented in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a total of 1700 women religious. As the Archdiocese continues to experience an influx of people from other countries, there has likewise been an increase in immigrant religious to meet the needs of our increasing ethnic diversity. The variety of ethnic populations within the Archdiocese, therefore, is reflected in the ethnicity of the women religious. The ethnic composite of this group is approximately three-fifths European American and European, one-fifth Hispanic and one-fifth other cultures, predominantly Asian. These religious serve in parishes, schools, hospitals and other needed apostolic works. Their service is marked by Gospel living and a deep commitment to the mission of Jesus.

2015: Year of Consecrated Life Commences November 30, 2014

 “I want to say one word to you and this word is joy. Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!” -Pope Francis

Additional Information

Women & Spirit California Exhibit

Just launched is the “virtual museum,” an online version of the photos, artifacts, videos and captions from the original exhibit. It can be found at

The traveling exhibit suitable for display in churches, schools, hospitals and special events can be reserved at

Contact us

Office of the Vicar for Women Religious
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 5th Floor.
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241
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