On ‘Consecrated Widows in Canon Law’


There is a new doctor in the house.

Christina Hip-Flores, part-time judge in the Diocese of Camden’s Office of the Tribunal, received her Doctorate of Canon Law (Juris Canonici Doctor, J.C.D.) from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, on May 29.

Hip-Flores, a consecrated virgin, wrote her dissertation on “Ordo Viduarum: Consecrated Widows in Canon Law.”

“This is the little known ninth form of consecrated life established by John Paul II in the 1990 Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches (CCEO), but which dates back to the Apostolic era and belongs to the patrimony of the universal Catholic Church,” she said.

“It is a particularly appropriate topic now in the Year of Consecrated Life.”

Three days a week, Hip-Flores serves in the Tribunal offices. She is also a consultor for the Archdiocese of Washington, and, four times a year, works for the Tribunal in Santiago, Cuba.

Currently, she is working in Cuba as a member of the Archdiocese of Santiago’s planning team for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country in September.