We are a collaboration of those who have answered God’s call to priestly or consecrated life within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We’re here to help everyone in this Archdiocese and beyond answer God’s call, with special resources specifically on consecrated life.

We are nuns, sisters, brothers and priests. We are cloistered and apostolic. We have longstanding histories and recent beginnings. We are religious and secular institutes. We are societies of apostolic life. We are from all over the United States to all over Africa, India, China, the Philippines, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, Poland, Slovakia, Vietnam and almost every nation in Latin America. We serve in parishes, hospitals, universities, organizations, shelters, schools and other needed apostolic works.

We hope the resources we’ve developed and continue to work on will be of help to you as you discern God’s call in your life.

If you have questions about priestly or consecrated life (we know the options may seem endless!), please contact us!

Our Mission

The Office of Religious Life exists to assist men and women religious, consecrated men and women, and those discerning within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These men and women are called to serve within parishes, schools, hospitals and other needed apostolic works. Their service is marked by Gospel living and a deep commitment to the mission of Jesus.

Discerning Men

Curious about the best ways to discern? Thinking about Diocesan or religious life? Have questions about a community?
Contact the Office of Priestly Vocations:
(213) 637-7240

Fr. Samuel Ward
(213) 637 7248

Father Samuel W. Ward was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, 2003.  Father Sam was Pastor of St. Helen Church in South Gate, CA from 2008-2013. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez appointed him as Associate Director of Vocations in 2013. He lives in residence at Holy Family Church in Glendale.
Father Sam served on the Council of Priests for many years, including as Secretary/Treasurer for two years.  He has been a member of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a fraternal group of Catholic priests, for 13 years and has served as Chaplain at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy in Downey for 13 years as well.
Father Sam received a M.A. Theology and M. Divinity from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA in 2003 and a B.A. Philosophy from St. John's Seminary College in 2000.  He graduated from UC Irvine Cum Laude with a B.A. History and B.A. Psychology & Social Behavior (1995). 

Fr. Steve Davoren
(213) 637-7592

Rev. Steve Davoren was ordained in 1996 by Cardinal Mahony. He has been an Associate Pastor and a Pastor for 17 years. Currently, Fr. Steve is the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served as a Police Officer with LAPD and a Deputy Sheriff with LASD.

Discerning Women

Want some advice? Have questions about a community?
Contact the Office for Women Religious:
(213) 637-7559

Sister Maria Carlos-Valdez
(213) 637-7592

She 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 as part of the Council of Religious in the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Maria G. Reyes, Executive Secretary
(213) 637-7559


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