A third generation Latinx mother and grandmother, Rosa Manriquez grew up in East Los Angeles. She is an ordained Roman Catholic priest, a member of Roman Catholic Womenpriest, and a celebrant for Holy Wisdom Catholic Community. But Rosa’s main focus is outside the walls of the institutional church. Her ministry is for all who are or have been made to feel unwelcome, especially the LGBTQ community and people of color.
In the Immaculate Heart Community, she participates on the Commission on Justice for Immigrants and Refugees and the Antiracism Task Force. Rosa serves on the Antiracism Team and in other areas for Call To Action, the largest national progressive Catholic organization. Through A La Familia, part of the Human Rights Campaign, she has been a trainer and speaker. She is featured in the film, “Before God We Are All Family.”
A lifelong Catholic, Rosa attended school with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from first grade through college. She also holds a Master of Arts in theology. “My passion is my familia that inspires and delights me constantly,” Rosa says of her two daughters, their wives, and her three grandchildren. “And I also love Star Trek.”
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