Cecilia Calva, SNJM
Sr. Cecilia, the oldest of four children, was born and raised in Los Angeles, meeting the Holy Names Sisters at St. Mary’s in Boyle Heights. Sr. Cecilia earned her BA at Holy Names University; she has continued her education through the years with studies in the areas of Liberation Theology, spirituality, and massage therapy.
Sr. Cecilia began her ministry teaching in elementary school, for eight years, followed by about the same number of years in parish/pastoral/diocesan ministry in both northern and southern California, where she shared her loving and listening heart with so many, and most especially with Spanish-speaking communities. Her gifts were put to special use during the five years she served as Northern Hispanic Coordinator for the Evangelization Project Mobile Team/Encuentro Process in preparation for the development of the National Hispanic Pastoral Plan in 1987.
Sr. Cecilia served twice as a missionary in Mexico, and also shared her gifts of listening and sharing with many men and women through spiritual direction and retreat ministry, as well as in work with immigrant rights groups and with Justice and Peace teams in our congregation. Again, her experience and graceful ability to live in other cultures, as well as her loving and caring heart led to her selection as SNJM representative at the UN Women’s Forum in 1995 in Beijing, China.
Sr. Cecilia’s warm heart and willing hands have woven many aspects of these ministries together into her current work with Justice and Peace, retreat work, and massage ministry. Sr. Cecilia is known in our congregation and among those with whom she serves for her kindness, her missionary spirit, and her dedication to the work of Justice and Peace.