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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.  As are established religious communities who seek to join the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Consecrated Women in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

As disciples of Jesus and women of the Gospel, we are called to share our faith, hope and joy with an active presence that is reconciling, compassionate and prophetic in our Church and our world. 

Women Religious congregations are made of beautifully inclusive ethnic backgrounds. These ethnicities include: African/African American, Anglo, Armenian, Asian/Asian Pacific, Asian Indian, Chinese/Chinese American, Filipina, Haitian, Hawaiian, Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Polish, Slovakian, and Vietnamese.   This continues the rich history and tradition of the contributions made by religious congregations from all over the world to the Church in the United States.

As of April 2018, there are 1,376 Women Religious who live and work in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as members of: 

  • ​120 active Congregations-Religious Institutes
  • 3 Cloistered Communities
  • 14 Associations of the Faithful
  • 3 Societies of Apostolic life
  • 3 Secular Institutes
  • 1 Consecrated Virgin Living in the World
  • And ever-forming Diverse Forms of Consecrated Life

What do religious do all day?

The majority of the day is filled with prayers, ministry, and community living. Members pray and eat together, do spiritual reading, spend time in recreation as a community, and fulfill their obligations according to their ministry or apostolate in society. They work as teachers, counselors, nurses, principals, social workers, parish leaders, and so on.

We invite you to discover your vocation at​

Discerning Women:

Need advice?  Have questions about a community?

Contact the Office of the Vicar for Women Religious:

(213) 637-7559


During the year of consecrated life, Pope Francis invited us to live our vocation with joy and be the light of the world with joyful heart. Now in his new encyclical once again the invitation is extended, “Rejoice and be Glad.”

Prayer for Vocations


Creator of the Universe, God of the Nations,

Your people are longing to hear your word.

Send laborers into your harvest -

men and women on fire with your love:

Dedicated single people –

who incarnate your presence

in their daily lives,

whose availability enables them

to respond to a diversity of needs.

Religious sisters and brothers -

whose life in community foreshadows

our eternal unity in Christ,

whose service brings your life to the world.


we ask you

to send more servants to your people.

Choose from our parishes,

from our homes,

from our schools and colleges,

an abundant harvest

of apostles for your Kingdom:

sisters, brothers, deacons and lay ministers.

We pray that those you call

may never lose awareness of the 

dignity and need of their vocation.

0 Virgin Mary,

Mother of the Church,

teach all those the Master calls

to say a joyful "yes"

as you did at the Annunciation.


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