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Maria Arroyo

Regional Field Director

Maria Arroyo is the Regional Director for the CRS West Region. Maria represents CRS senior management and she will oversee and support the CRS West team in their efforts to build awareness on global issues, education and mobilize the Catholic community in the West Region for acts of global solidarity. The West Region's work is accomplished primarily with and through the various ministries of Catholic dioceses and other Catholic institutions. As the CRS West Regional Director, Maria will report to the Senior Director for Regional Outreach, and coordinate with other CRS divisions, especially Communications, Charitable Giving and Overseas Operations.

Her role as Regional Director for the West Region is to:

  • Represent CRS with Church institutions and others in CRS efforts to raise awareness, educate and engage Catholics.

  • Support and strengthen the partnership with diocesan and other Catholic institutions.

  • Develop relationships with universities and other faith communities and organizations in order to broaden awareness of CRS and promote greater engagement in global solidarity.

  • Provide feedback to CRS from the viewpoint of our constituents in the West on CRS programs, resources and policies.

Maria can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by phone at 619-987-5266.


A native of Southern California, Maria joins us with over 20 years of ministry and teaching experience at parish, elementary/high school and university levels. She has also served as an instructor at the Institute for Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Orange for 15 years, teaching courses on catechetical methods, sacraments, faith development, social justice and spirituality. She is a spiritual director, and in her spare time accompanies lay people on their spiritual journeys and facilitates silent retreats. Maria holds an M.A. in theological studies from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in pastoral counseling from the University of San Diego. She has spent time serving communities in India, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Most recently, Maria lived in southern Mexico accompanying indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas.